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October 2023

Our Community News

People are talking about our Jewish future -- and I’m encouraged by what I hear. Conversations about our shared vision start with “why?” When we start with “why,” it explains our purpose and the reason we exist and behave as we do. And the best way to answer the “why” question is with a rich, descriptive narrative articulating what we aim to achieve within our community.

For a Jewish community of our size, every moment matters. These moments work together to create a ripple effect that influences each of us. In my first year as Director of Community Engagement, I’ve seen the impact of these moments firsthand and I truly believe they fuel our community in those small, but powerful ways.

We had a terrific time building our community sukka at the Jewish Federation, enjoying wonderful treats inspired by the seven species of Israel, and making Sukka Birdies and other creative crafts. Take a look!

For more than a decade, Israel has been engaged in what the Israeli military calls “the operation between the wars” against Iran and its regional terror proxies. For the most part, these operations are not reported in the American media. To learn more about this dangerous situation, our community will host Middle East expert Dr. Jonathan Schanzer who will speak on the topic: Iran’s Multifront Strategy Against Israel.

First and foremost, I want to thank this amazing community for welcoming me and showing me the best hospitality. During the holiday, people introduced themselves and it is something I am surely not taking for granted, so thank you. I am glad to be a part of the Jewish community of Michiana.

Baruch Hashem, we surpassed our goal of $6,000 for our annual Rosh Hashanah Appeal. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us reach it. It is a true testament to the amazing generosity exhibited by our community. May Hashem bless you with a happy, healthy and sweet new year!

This month I am sharing with you one of my family’s favorite chicken recipes. Marsala chicken makes an appearance during holiday meals and other special occasions at my house. The flavors are amazing.

Prince Harry’s bestselling memoir, Spare, was ghostwritten by J.R. Moehringer. His New Yorker article published in May, 2023, explains how he consulted with Harry for over two years. Together, they did a great job of relaying the overarching Diana tragedy and how her sons, William and Harry, took such divergent paths facing adulthood.

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