com.Unity: From the Desk of Mark L. Goldstein

Standing Still Never Gets You Anywhere

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a “stand still” kind of person. Even with my illness I get restless the less I move. I don’t stand in one place for a long time. And I don’t intend for the Jewish community to do so either.

Spring in the northeast is a great time to address no…

Communal Birth Pangs

We have quickly moved through Super Bowl season, through the college basketball March Madness, and are in the midst of NBA playoffs. The primary election is a few weeks away and, before we know it, the highly anticipated mid-term elections will be upon us. Throughout all this, we are inundat…

Reflections on 70

There are many associations for the number 70 in Jewish tradition: Genesis states that there were 70 descendants of Noah who made up the nations of the world. Seventy descendants of Jacob went to Egypt to begin the exile. Moses assembled 70 elders in the desert on God’s command. There were…

The Collective is Alive

In the 35-ish years I have been working for Jewish Federations, I have witnessed, first hand, what we can accomplish together as a system. Communities acting alone could not have clandestinely flown planes into Addis Ababa to rescue the remnant of our people who had been residing in Ethiopia…

Hawaii and Sderot

I could not believe the news coming out of Hawaii. A ballistic missile was directed toward Hawaii and they made it a point to state that this was not a drill. For 38 minutes, Hawaiians were confronted with an existential threat that quickly was diverted into manageable thoughts: Where can I …