From Where I Sit...

Insights, community news, and updates from Jason Moss, our Executive Director

  • Jason Moss

    Executive Director of the Jewish Federation

Adapt & Thrive

Engaging the Jewish Community in New Ways

In 1996, shortly after I graduated college, I was hired to be the University of Virginia Hillel’s new Program Director. I was excited and nervous about the opportunity to work with college students who were not that much younger than I was at the …

Summer possibilities are growing

Vaccinations are bringing a new excitement.

For a variety of different reasons, the month of  May has always held a special place for me. It may be because my brother’s birthday is in May, as is my brother-in-law’s, and also my anniversary. Plus, my wife’s and my birthday are at the …

Fundamentals of Acceptance

What Does it Mean to be Jewish?

inclusivity /ˌinklo͞oˈsivədē/ def: the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other mino…

Next year in person

Celebrating Passover & Crossing Over Into Freedom

As a child, I used to love celebrating Passover. Taking extra pieces of matzah with me to school so my friends could try it. Many of them liked the taste so much, they would ask me each day for another piece. I was always amazed at how they …

A Closer Look at Our Community

Counting can provide more information than just the numbers they indicate


I love when we can see similarities or symmetry between our heritage and our country’s laws. Yes, I am aware that many of the laws that are on the books originated from the Bible, so it is not that big of a deal. H…