Year: 2016

What do you do on Christmas?

Chinese food and a movie. Family Monopoly and other board games. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Hanging out. These are just a short list of activities that Jews will be doing this weekend as our Christian friends and neighbors celebrate

The End Of The Year

17 more days until December 31. I have already received at least 5 direct mail requests from worthy organizations I have contributed to in the past. Students from my college and grad school have even called me following up on

Overtime Law: Wait a Minute!!

Nothing like waiting until the 11th hour. Last May, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) publicized changes to the overtime law. The salary level where overtime is required for many people working more than 40 hours a week has not been

A Huge Opportunity

Did you know that Hanukkah and Christmas occurring at the same time has only happened 6 times in the last 100 or so years? The last time was in 2005. And I don’t think, according to my Google research, that

Money to Fix Stuff

Many years ago when we bought our house, we had no idea what to expect regarding upkeep. We had been the first owners of a newly renovated Brooklyn Co-op and were moving to a 70-year-old New England style house. We

Synagogues: IBM with Soul

There were a couple of articles I recently read on that for me, presented a bit of a quandary. On Friday, it was “Why Leaders Shouldn’t Aspire to Run Congregations Like Businesses”. Then today, there was “A Reminder of

Pitch Me!

One of my High Holy Day memories from childhood is the first time I heard a campaign pitch. Back in the 1960s, supporting Israel was important to many. I can’t remember if it was Harold Ponn or Harry Feldman –

A Good Seat…

A couple of weeks ago, we went to an event at the local library. A few New York Times reporters were talking about the presidential election. The event was to start at 4:00 PM and the doors were not opened

Aging In Place

How old do you feel? Friends ask me this question a lot. We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago, to Bradley Beach on the Jersey Shore. We were right across the street from my grandparents’ house that

What’s Your Name?

My cousin Paul and I were telling stories the other day about visiting synagogues. He is a retired Linguistics Professor who continues to travel and do research. He was in England as a graduate student and attended Shabbat worship one