CEO Blog

Get to know our CEO, Bradley Lay, by reading his bi-monthly articles in our newsletter. Topics include a variety of items and often connect to current events and/or the appropriate Torah portion.

And #MeToo

I have a vivid memory of the first time that I, with friends, bullied girls for being girls. I was in fourth grade, and it was at shul on Shabbat. Yes. In shul. On Shabbat. We were at “Junior Congregation” and miraculously had arrived early enough for the pre-prayers before the main mor…

Are you Homeless?

Unrelated to the title, we at the Federation want to say that our hearts go out to those killed and injured by the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas this past week. We pray that their families and friends be are comforted and their memories be for a blessing. May those who were injured …

Kindness or Life?

Rosh Hashanah starts this evening as we enter the 10 days of awe—a time of introspection, reflection, awareness and prayer. The year beginning is 5778. Our tradition connects numbers with letters where 5778 would be written as תשע״ח (the total equals 778 with the 5,000 assumed). In ou…

They is Us

Artie Allen, the CEO of the Aaron Family JCC, and I drove down to Houston this past Sunday with a tractor trailer loaded with tens of thousands of items purchased from Amazon and shipped to our JCC. Of note, these items were purchased by members and alumni of the Jewish Federations of North …

Hurricanes, Hate and High Holidays

As this goes out to our community, our neighbors to the south are starting to experience the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey. Please know that we have offered to host evacuees and other support has been offered through our Federation colleagues. Additionally, I know of specific examples of i…