Fed Blog

A blog representing voices and views from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 9.7.18

When my children tell me something is interesting I usually respond with the question, “Is that a good interesting or a bad interesting?” As I think about this past year, 5778 in the Hebrew calendar, I am struck that it has been a very interesting year. For me, 5778 marks a year of ext…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 6.22.18

When I was in middle school, longer ago than I’d like to admit, my social studies class was given a seemingly simple project. Pick one branch of your family tree, draw it and write about your family. For most of my friends, their families, like mine, had been immigrants. The main differenc…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 6.15.18

We are constantly on a quest to create the newest, latest and greatest technology for all sorts of things we use every day like cars, phones and computers. There are very few things that stand the test of time as originally designed.  One such item is a kite. It is beautiful in its simplici…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 5.10.18

Earlier in the week I started writing a Shabbat greeting about highlights of our recent mission to Israel and visits to our partner agencies right here in Rochester. I have been so very moved by our extraordinary collective work and I wanted to share that with you. I will, but not today.

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Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 3.29.18

Passover is a favorite holiday of mine.  I find it both inspiring and humbling.  The preparation takes thought and time, effort and energy.  The observance reminds us of an important place and time in our collective history and sets the stage for our continued narrative as a people. 

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