CEO Blog

Get to know our CEO, Bradley Laye, 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.

35 Words

Is not the length of this post... 

Rather, it's the word count of the value statement embedded in our Declaration of Independence which we all likely had to memorize at some point in elementary school.  Those 35 words that define our values were declared on July 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsy…

Legal or Moral?

Rabbi Bradley Artson, at our Federation’s Annual Meeting two weeks ago, spoke brilliantly about how we, as Jews, can and should deal with each other in times of divisiveness. You can and should listen to it here

One of the things he says with such clarity is that we can disagree and a…

Immortal Juxtaposition

Much has been written about the celebration of the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem juxtaposed with the clashes along the Gaza border. Detractors of Israel have masterfully married images and taglines creating a real public relations challenge for Israel. Welcome to the worl…

Let Me Tell You A Story

This past week, I kept thinking back to The Princess Bride, where Peter Falk plays a grandfather telling the story of The Princess Bride to his sick grandson played by a young Fred Savage. It’s the framework that opens to what is, potentially, one of the best movies (or certainly most quo…

Kissing the Kippah

It was my first day of Hebrew School starting in third grade at Congregation Sha’are Tzedek in Sunrise, FL taught by the indefatigable Mrs. Sylvia Levitsky, z”l.  I grew up in an essentially non-observant household, and my parents joined the synagogue solely because of the expectation I…