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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. 

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Shabbat Greetings from Meredith Dragon 9.29.17

September 29, 2017

9 Tishrei 5778

This time of year – the high holy days – is one that I find deeply meaningful, spiritually and personally charged, and inspirational. Each year I am profoundly impacted by the notion that on Yom Kippur we have the opportunity to ask for forgivenes…