Opinion: Sydney Perry

We Can Work It Out - June 20, 2014

Dear Friends:

I had a song that kept running through my mind all week: "We Can Work It Out", by the four bards of Liverpool. As I was reading the  story of the controversy in this week's Torah portion, I found myself humming the Beatles' tune.

I took part in a mediation session, led by a …

Our Thoughts and Prayers - June 16, 2014

Dear Friends:

Yesterday we honored our fathers and grandfathers, those wonderful men who have been such wonderful, positive role models in our lives. 

I could not help thinking all day of the fathers and mothers of the three Israeli students who were shockingly kidnapped Thursday evenin…

With Love - May 30, 2014

Dear Friends: 

The formidable African-American dancer, poet, civil rights activist and singular storyteller, Maya Angelou, died this past week.  Although much admired for her memoirs and the poem she read at Clinton's inauguration, I always admired most her resilience, her capacity to ove…

Reflections on Memorial and Independence Day - May 9, 2014

Dear Friends: 

As so often, the weekly Torah portion provides the best commentary on what transpires in our lives during the week.  I arrived in Israel on Yom haZikaron, Israel's memorial day - a day of deep solemnity when Israel's citizens mourn the 23,169 people who have died, either as…

$500,000 Awarded by Jewish Foundation and Federation

In August of 2013 the Jewish Federation and Foundation announced an aggressive $1,000,000 matching grant program aimed at energizing and growing the local Jewish community. The goal was for it to be a comprehensive effort, impacting an array of organizations and needs. In the last few days o…

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