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

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. 

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 2.9.18

Tonight begins a special Shabbat known as Shabbat Shekalim, שבת שקלים, or "Shabbat of shekels.” A special Torah portion, taken from Parshat Ki Tisa, is read in preparation for Purim. This Shabbat takes place on the Shabbat before the first of the Hebrew calendar month of Adar, or o…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 2.2.18

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." - Edmund Burke
This past week has been a sad reminder of the reality in those simple words. Last weekend ironically juxtaposed the honoring of all of the millions of men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust on Inte…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 12.1.17


I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was five years old and I stood squished with my brother, sister, cousins, aunt and mom. We were standing with the throngs of people in the international arrival area at JFK airport. The feeling of anxiety still lingers in the pit of my stomac…

Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 11.17.17

Earlier this week I returned from the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA) in Los Angeles, CA. I had the good fortune of attending with a wonderful delegation from Rochester. Together we explored many of the complex issues confronting Jewish communities today.