From Where I Sit...

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

  • Jason Moss

    Executive Director of the Jewish Federation

Today's American Jewish Values

Events like the Temple’s destruction, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Holocaust have changed the course of Jewish history. While not as earth-shattering, the recent American Jews in 2020 survey from the Pew Research Center, as well as its 2013 ProtraitPortrait of American Jews, will resha…

Facing a blank canvas

A great rabbi once compared the start of a new year to a child being given a blank piece of white paper. As he explained… the possibilities are endless. The child could create anything…anything at all. It was just up to the child’s imagination.

 

The same is true for all of us. Each…

Don't hit that snooze button

Playing football in the street in front of my house with my neighbors. Playing catch in the backyard with my dad or brother. Riding my bike into town to get pizza and play video games. Or simply hanging out with my friends as we played pool and listened to music.

 

These are a few memorie…

STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT

I have often wondered if I would be able to handle the challenges people faced in the past and how would they handle today’s? It sometimes feels like, with all we have to deal with today, life must have been much simpler back then in comparison to today.

 

Things even felt simpler ten…

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 …