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.

What is Success?

There is a long standing perception that Jewish institutions and many organizations value those who have more money to give than those that don’t. To be sure, the maintenance and growth of congregations, schools, organizations and Jewish life requires financial resources—good intentions…

Haman in 3D

In Jewish tradition, Haman is the incarnate of Amalek, the grandson of Esau and the namesake for a people ascribed for trying to destroy the Israelites. We speak of blotting out Amalek’s name as he has appeared in history as the Romans, Haman, Hitler, etc. As Jews, we know this storyline…

Anti-Semitism in the Public Arena

Displays of public anti-Semitism from the disgusting parade in Belgium to the halls of our own Congress in statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar are seemingly increasing each month. She is not the first to use, what pundits are calling, “anti-Semitic tropes,” and she is not alone among mem…

Heaven and Earth

Yesterday at 7:45 pm central time, SpaceIL launched Beresheet, Israel’s attempt to become the fourth country in the world to reach the moon. You can read all about SpaceIL here. We linked to the live launch on our Federation's Facebook page, and it was truly an exciting moment. It will o…

Working Beautifully

Every Jewish communal fundraiser should go to shul this week as it tends to be our favorite Torah portion Terumah.  It’s the first capital campaign run by the Jewish community where Moses instructs the people to bring all kinds of beautiful materials to construct the Tabernacle. Important…