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Charles' Challenge

Charles Schwartz, of blessed memory, was a challenging man. On first impression the words many people chose to describe him were often couched in cautious criticism. Reserved. Opinionated....

 

The fall of the regurgitist

I had a dream that I was attending a political convention with my wife. I wore one of my favorite wool jackets from my college days, and glasses (this was pre-Lasik), and I had hair on top of my...

 

The Sterling effect

When the taped conversation between Donald Sterling, billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and his friend/girlfriend/mistress V. Stiviano was leaked recently, a righteous uproar rose from...

 

When giants ruled

Giants did exist, at least at one time. Trust me, I know. And I’m not referring to dinosaurs, or childhood fantasies or fairy tales or even NBA players. I’m talking about giants. I grew up with...

 

Abandoned by faith

I came in on the middle of an interview on National Public Radio recently. I didn’t catch the name of the interviewee, but he did catch my attention. “Religions,” he said, “are too beautiful...

 

Do something

For the past decade or so I’ve been having a similar conversation with a friend of mine. Whenever we go out to lunch, he tells me about the latest change in his business as he works to reinvent it...

 

The community stirs

At friendly dinners and agency meetings, on the phone and in emails, the plans outlined in a recent edition of the Heritage, detailing a way to restructure the Maitland campus and reduce if not...

 

How we got where we are

By David Bornstein In conversations with many community members, it became apparent that many people blame the Federation for the current crippling debt that encumbers the Maitland campus, while the...

 

A mother's words

I’ve written many times about my mother. My mother who lived alone. My mother who taught me to love literature, my community, and myself. My mother who taught me to give back far more than I recei...

 

A child's Jewish Christmas

Two stories were told to me recently by community members, both distinctly different on the one hand, and similar on the other.  In both cases the stories are told from the perspective of an...

 

After Life

My brother died in Seattle early in the evening on Sept. 19, 2006, just before Rosh Hashana. I was sitting in the parking lot of his hospital, taking a moment to listen to an obscure song by an...

 

10,000 Hours

When I was much, much younger I desperately wanted to be a musician.  It was something my parents never encouraged, and I didn’t have any close friends who missed hanging out in the afternoon becau...

 

The new Jew

In the important new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, American Jews overwhelmingly (by 94 percent) say they are proud to be Jewish. And yet, one of the most significant trends cited by...

 

Community held hostage

A new mortgage encumbering the Maitland community campus was recently signed.  The campus, home to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, The Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Academy of...

 

The universe's wish

My wife and I recently took our first vacation in years, a four-day trip to New York City.  We caught up on ourselves, on each other.  We heard the amazing Emily Wells at an outdoor Lincoln Center...

 

The girlfriend's dilemma: A family fable to start the new year

The girlfriend had been living with her boyfriend for nearly seven years. They lived a good life. He owned a successful business he’d built up himself. She worked at a highly respected...

 

The writing life

In a recent article in The New Yorker, John McPhee (one of my favorite authors) writes about the pain and difficulty of, not just writing, but writing well. He recounts all the work a real writer...

 

Great love

My Aunt Rita Levy died last week. Of all the siblings in her family, she was perhaps the least well known. Her sister Dorothy (Dottie) Morrell was considered the gatekeeper to the Orlando Jewish...

 

Meditations on mother

When I was a junior in high school, I decided to skip my senior year and go straight to college. No one questioned my decision. Everyone thought I knew best for myself, in large part because the world...

 

The year of understanding

Many, many years ago a dear friend sent me a story in the mail.  This was before the advent of email or text messages. It was old style, hard copy, stapled and folded and sent in an envelope. She...

 

Birthright

Some months back, Charles and Roz Schwartz were coming home from a trip to Israel when they found themselves surrounded by young adults who were returning from a Birthright Israel mission.  Charles...

 

The youngest bar mitzvah—Part 3

And so the day has come. Our youngest child. Our last family bar mitzvah. I’m thinking less and less about what I’ll say to my son, more and more about remembering every moment as deeply as...

 

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