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Rabbi Laurie Rice to Run Boston Marathon



When Rabbi Laurie Rice laces up her running shoes every morning and hits the road, it is as much an expression of spiritual commitment as it is a physical challenge. She began running in college and says that while it has become an addiction of sorts, it also provides her with time…

How will proposed changes in federal tax laws affect charitable giving?


Ralph Levy is a member of The Jewish Federation’s Professional Advisory Council 



By Ralph Levy

In light of the need to generate revenues with which to pay for the proposed significant investments in physical and human infrastructure and other legislative initiatives pr…

Jewish Federation’s National Young Leadership Cabinet Kicks Off New Year


Current, former, and prospective members of National Young Leadership Cabinet gather at the home of Franklin and Lana Pargh to kick off the new year of programming and learning.  







By Shannon Small

The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Youn…

Introducing…Moishe House



Moishe House residents (l to r), Becca Groner, Shea Northfield, and Rose Capin 





Tucked away on a leafy East Nashville street sits the newest addition to the local Jewish community. Moishe House is a pluralistic, peer-led, organization that helps bridge the gap…

Dear Esther October 2021

Dear Esther, 
The adult son of my close friend recently overdosed. It was such a surprise as no one knew he had relapsed. I feel bad for not seeing what was happening. What could I have done differently? How did I miss this? I find myself worrying about all my friends in recovery now…

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