Keeping our Community Connected

Weekly messages from Jason Moss, our Executive Director.

August 22, 2023

Last night I attended the City of Montclair’s City Council meeting because they planned to vote on whether to direct staff to draft a resolution to denounce antisemitism and all forms of hatred. During the meeting, the council members shared thoughts and feelings that hate in any form need…

August 15, 2023

When I was studying social work in grad school, one of the aspects that always stuck out most to me was the idea of empathy and compassion. While similar in nature, they often manifest in different ways. One can be compassionate about what someone is going through, but empathy is often more …

August 8, 2023

If you think about it, our lives are influenced by the calendar. It informs us of important dates that matter to us, like anniversaries, birthdays, and upcoming holidays. Plus, for much of the country, the calendar even helps us pick out the clothes we will wear. Of course, it also reminds u…

July 25, 2023

As you might expect, my job comes with many challenges. There are the day-to-day challenges that come with running an organization, ensuring that the work we do not only creates opportunities for people to feel connected to our local Jewish community but also continues to meet the needs of o…

July 18, 2023

My ears tend to perk up when I see or hear the word…Israel. And over the last several years, Israel has continued to be at the forefront of news and information – whether it is from the innovation that continues to pour out of the country or events that occur within it. For a country rou…