A Message from Marc

The Gratitude People

Dear Friends,

This week, on the eighth day of Hanukkah, I attended two simchas (joyous celebrations) — a bat mitzvah and a wedding of close friends’ daughters. I was filled with the sense of possibility and hope, singing and dancing with a future generation that’s already so deeply co…

Hannukah and the Light of Our Community

Dear Friends,  

Next week, like so many in our community and around the world, my wife and I will gather around the window of our home and light the Hanukkah candles with our children, thinking about what it might mean to shine our lights into what can feel like a very dark world right no…

Never Is Now

Dear Friends,

Watching Dave Chappelle’s opening monologue on Saturday Night Live from this past weekend, I was filled with outrage, sadness, and fear – sentiments echoed in the many emails and messages I’ve received from community members this week.

Chappelle’s monologue came just …

It Can Happen Here

Dear Friends,
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind — I spent an inspiring week in Israel, had the opportunity to gather in Chicago with thousands of my colleagues at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America, and watched with anticipation as Israel went to the po…

Celebrating Our Humanity, Flaws and All

Dear Friends,

The other day during a meeting, I made a comment that was off base — not offensive, but wildly incorrect. Later, a colleague who was present sent me a text that said, “So you’re human. We should celebrate!” Her text was a light-hearted way to make me feel better, but i…