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.

How do you spell (C)hanuk(k)ah

We Jews could turn even the most mundane into a real debate.  Don’t get me started on sour cream vs. applesauce for the latkes—it could become a real knockdown drag out of a brawl.  As if sour cream had a chance.

In broad terms, we celebrate the true miracle of Hanukkah of the Macca…

Let my people know

“What’s the Mishnah?”  It was a natural question that was asked by a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet at a session I taught before our Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly.  Avraham Infeld, Jewish identity and educational guru, was the scholar-in-reside…

I love you, but...

This past Shabbat, nearly 100 of the best Jewish young adult leaders gathered in Los Angeles for JFNA’s Shabbat Leadership Experience (SLX).  It was a special precursor to the General Assembly (GA), our international leadership conference.  The scholar was renowned Jewish thinker Avraham…

Mission Possible

This is not an action movie, and lord knows I am no Tom Cruise. We are on a fast moving car jumping to a train trying to catch our boat to get to save the day. Dallas Federation is on a mission. The intensity and energy of the annual campaign is upon us, and we are off to a great start. On O…

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…