Marc's Remarks

Weekly insights, community news, and updates from our President and CEO


As you read this I am on a plane flying back from a wonderful four day trip to Israel. I was here with community leaders, Priscilla and Tony Kostiner, Kathy Davis-Weiner and Michael Weiner, and my colleague Caron Blau Rothstein on an “inspection trip.”

Where's the Beef

Earlier this week, someone sent me a very fun, cute, and short video (please watch), created by two Portlanders (and BB Camp alumnae). It is a video about a group of seniors in Palm Desert who celebrate Shabbat at a local Wendy’s restaurant. Yep – Wendy’s the hamburger place.

When Given the Time

This has been quite a positive week for me. I haven’t written a “week in the life” email in quite some time, but thought I would share about the past five days.

The Role We Can Play

Over the past week, the United States has been struggling in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, FL.

Parkland and Houston Strong

This past week, Wendy Kahn, Federation’s Director of Women’s Philanthropy, and I attended the Jewish Federations of North America Professional Institute in Houston, Texas.