The Corridor

A blog by Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

Connecting dots

We’ve never done this before. Last week, over fifteen community rabbis from all streams met us at the beautiful Jewish community building of JVS, the Jewish Vocational Services, in East Orange.

About Last Week

There were lots of good speakers at the GA, the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. One of my favorites was Rachel Botsman, a compelling and engaging speaker from the UK, who spoke about collaborative consumption.

Living Hebrew

At the amazing and inspiring Israel Center Gathering last week our President, Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, made a powerful statement. “We don’t just love Israel,” she said. “We don’t just support Israel. We live Israel.”

Oases in the Desert

How do we help seniors age in place, with dignity and compassion? How do we reflect the values of a kind and caring community? One way is through our community chaplains, working with the elderly through our Joint Chaplaincy Committee.

The “Cecil B. DeMille warriors"

The Ghost Army – 23rd Headquarters Special Troops – was one of the more fascinating and unknown units that fought in the Second World War. A small unit of 1100, they set up dozens of ‘deceptions’ (they called them ‘illusions’) to fool, intimidate and confuse the Axis powers.