A Message from Shelley Hubal, Federation Director

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 1/27/23

By Shelley Hubal

Grandma Hannah had a ceramic studio in her basement on Wedgewood Terrace. For years, she taught lessons several nights a week. I remember her students, mostly women, sitting around large tables in the dusty basement. They would schmooze and smoke cigarettes while scrubbing…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 12/14/22

By Shelley Hubal 

Cultivating patience takes practice. It is something that I try to work on every day, although some days are much easier than others. Long lines in the grocery store: a chance to stretch my back. Traffic on the parkway: a good opportunity to take a deep breath and get cen…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 11/4/22

By Shelley Hubal

It started with Donald Trump posting on his social media platform Truth Social that “Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel – Before it’s too late!” I don’t care what your politics are or what his intent was, those are threate…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 9/23/22

By Shelley Hubal

I will never forget standing in the hotel room and saying, “I don’t want to do this.” Then Mark and Rae wrapped me in their arms while I sobbed. That was the morning of my father’s funeral in 2019. The grief was overwhelming, and so was the tenderness and love from…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 8/26/22

By Shelley Hubal

Wikipedia includes in its description of upstate New York the following: “A cheeky joke among Manhattanites is that anything north of 14th Street is ‘Upstate.’” I would also say that most people from New York City believe there are few Jews living upstate.

Last we…