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Akiva Academy Provides Well-Rounded Education for All Faiths

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Thursday, June 24, 2021
The Altshuler Akiva Academy, our Jewish day school, began teaching students in kindergarten and first grade in 1985. In 1986, the school added grades two and three, and each subsequent year added one more grade, until the school was a full ...

Heritage Manor Expands

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Heritage Manor Expands Note from Andy: This month, in place of my regular column, I invited Executive Director of Senior Care and Services Eric Murray to share his thoughts. Exciting Future for Heritage Manor Residents Throughout the pandemic the ...

Working Together

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Friday, April 30, 2021
Recently the Jewish Community Center Wellness Manager, Casey, posted something on Facebook that resonated with me. “I was asked to do a nutrition presentation at work for our ELC families by my awesome colleagues. It felt so GREAT getting ...

Finding Hope in the Passover Story

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, March 22, 2021
Passover begins Saturday evening, March 27, and for the second year in a row we’re facing challenges coordinating celebrations with family members and loved ones. Many of us are looking to find the same Haggadah for everyone as we conduct our ...

2021 Will be a Year of Growth

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2020 is finally behind us, with over 400,000 Americans succumbing to COVID-19. Perhaps you even lost a loved one or someone else you know. We personally, and as a country, will forever be changed. When we must go out, we continue to wear our masks ...

Helping Jews Around the World

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Just before Hanukkah in November 1984 a Jewish miracle happened. While we slept, a covert rescue operation was taking place halfway across the world from us, in Ethiopia. Between Nov. 21 and early January 1985 thousands of Jewish refugees from ...

A Look Back at 2020

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Tuesday, November 24, 2020
As 2020 winds down (it can't come soon enough), we know things unfortunately are going to get worse during the holiday season. Tragically, we will see an increase in the number of cases and deaths. The good news is there are better treatments to ...

Looking Back at 35 Years with Federation

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Monday, October 26, 2020
This month, on November 18, I will celebrate my 35th anniversary with the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. Much has changed in our local community since Hilari, Sean, and I arrived from Long Island. (Rachel is a Buckeye and born here in 1991.) ...

Acting with Hope, Faith, and a Deep Belief in Our Core Values

Posted by: Lisa Long on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Note from Andy: This month, in place of my regular column, I invited Federation Financial Resource Director Lisa Long to share her thoughts During these challenging times, I have chosen to continue to see the glass as half full, searching for ...

New Year Reflections

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Sundown on Friday, September 18 marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year of 5781. Millions of Jews around the world would usually congregate for the beginning of the High Holy Days. As Jews we celebrate the New Year in many different ways, but this ...

We Need to Talk About Systemic Racism

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Thursday, July 23, 2020
Following the murder of George Floyd, the Federation released a statement. (You can read it in its entirety in the July Jewish Journal Monthly Magazine). As Federation president Rick Marlin and I said at the time, “We are heartbroken and ...

Why We Need to Talk About the Coalition Agreement Between Netanyahu and Gantz

Posted by: Bonnie Deutsch Burdman on Friday, June 26, 2020
Note from Andy: This month, in place of my regular column, I invited Federation Director of Community Relations/Government Affairs Bonnie Deutsch Burdman to share her thoughts regarding current affairs in Israel. While all of us in the Jewish ...

Laughter, Love, Help, and Hope

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Thursday, May 28, 2020
On May 14 we held our first ever virtual Youngstown Area Jewish Federation event. We were able to showcase the ways our agencies are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Though we couldn’t be together, it was still a wonderful evening of ...

We're Still Connected

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Thursday, April 23, 2020
The current COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we do things – both personally and professionally. But what it hasn’t changed is our connection to one another. We must keep physical distance, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be ...

Federation Serving Our Community

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
What has not been written about the coronavirus? Our lives will NEVER be the same, but how we deal with this virus will forever define generations to come. It reminds me of the 1962 song by Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which ...

We're Here for the Community

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Friday, March 20, 2020
March normally brings about the promise of Spring, the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament, and preparation for Passover. Instead, this year, we find ourselves grappling with the uncertainty of what will happen in the coming weeks and days. ...

Continuously Improving

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is the umbrella organization overseeing our local agencies, namely the Jewish Community Center, Heritage Manor, Levy Gardens, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Jewish Family Services. Together we’ve ...

Get Up, Dress up, Show Up, and Never Give Up

Posted by: Andrew Lipkin on Friday, December 20, 2019
Recently a good friend of mine shared that he has a friend, John*, who is going through a rough time. My friend Bob Lackey, who has moved out of the area, knows about rough times. Six years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was ...

Celebrating 34 Years with Federation

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Tuesday, November 19, 2019
On Nov. 18, I celebrated my 34th anniversary with the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. When we arrived in the Valley in 1985, my wife Hilari and I, along with our one-year-old son Sean, found a Jewish community and Federation that has become an ...

One Year Later

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Thursday, October 24, 2019
It seems hard to believe it’s been a year since 11 innocent people lost their lives in the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh. It’s even harder to believe we’re still facing threats of violence against ...

Reflection and Renewal

Posted by: Andy Lipkin on Thursday, September 26, 2019
Personally, I’m reflecting on the major challenge in my life over the past year. I would never have guessed 2019 would bring heart surgery for me. But it did. That was a scary and emotional time. But the past year also brought my daughter ...

Jewish Family Services Offers Much-Needed Services

Posted by: Unknown on Friday, February 22, 2019
The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is the umbrella organization for several agencies. They all provide a variety of much-needed services for the Jewish and general communities. But some are more visible than others. Jewish Family Services, with a ...
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