The Corridor

A blog by Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

Shining in the Invisible Spotlight: A Tribute to My Colleague Stanley Stone

I was honored to speak at the farewell celebration for our friend and colleague Stanley Stone, who is leaving our Federation and Foundation family for an exciting new position. In a lovely and moving event, several of us spoke about Stanley, his work, and his values. Here’s what I said ….

Greater than the Sum of Our Parts

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We’re trying something new this year!

In previous years, spring was the season for annual meetings here at Federation – Women’s Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation, Global Connections, and, of course, Federation. If you wanted to get a sense of the scope of what we’re doing at…

Seeking Out My Brothers and Sisters


I had an amazing meeting the other day with some 15 Orthodox Israeli leaders.

This past year, our Jewish Federation invested in a leadership program in the religious-Zionist Orthodox community in Israel. It was one of our flagship Global Connections Kedma programs, to promote shared society…

Goodness in Times of Evil

This is not a Jewish story.

But it’s something I need to share.

And it’s been on my mind since my recent trip to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where I had coffee with Viktor Alekseyevich. Viktor is not Jewish. He was born in 1928 in a small village some 60 miles from Minsk. His moth…

Communicate the Unknowable

For some time now, our Jewish Federation has been working with community rabbis, as well as synagogue administrators and leaders.