Federation Updates

  • Black and Gold

    by Harvey Blumenthal “Hail! Hail to U. City High. All Hail to Our Own Gold and Black!” Everyone knows the words to their high school alma mater—this one’s mine. But more important, this is where my life was saved. This is where I met Sandy Feldman, and where we soon would fall in love. But Continue Reading

  • The Polin Museum in Warsaw

    by Dr. Joseph Bradley In 2015, I was in Warsaw on a Fulbright grant as the Distinguished Chair of European Studies and taught two courses in Russian history. While there, I was able to visit the Polin Museum. “Polin” means Poland in Hebrew. But it also means, “Here you shall rest,” referring to the legend Continue Reading

  • From Tolerance to Respect

    by Drew Diamond On April 1, the Federation hosted “It Begins With Me,” a panel discussion created by 8-year-old Jenks East Elementary student Lola Heffington to address racism. Set in the lobby of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Lola’s community panel responded to her questions regarding their experiences dealing with racism. As one Continue Reading

  • Harold Sanditen Returns to Tulsa Flyin’ High

    Harold Sanditen is making a return to the Tulsa stage with his cabaret show Flyin’ High as part of LIFE Senior Services’ Musical Mondays, a concert series designed especially for Tulsa-area seniors. The series is returning for its 16th season, with five Monday evening concerts set for April through August. Presented by LIFE Senior Services, Continue Reading

  • Remembering the Fallen

    by Yohai Gross In my first year as a teacher, I promised myself that when Memorial Day came that I would tell my students about Eilon. I remember that I was nervous about it, because I was afraid that it would be too emotional for me. I didn’t want to appear weak in front of Continue Reading

  • Mizel Graduates: Our Pride and Joy

    by Lillian Hellman, Director of Mizel Jewish Community Day School Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming process. Just as the nurturing environment of preschool has grown comfortable, it is time to begin thinking about moving on. Making the choice requires investigating what truly matters to you and your family. It Continue Reading

  • All Are Welcome

    By Mickel Yantz, SMMJA Director of Collections and Exhibitions The legal definition of refugee is “an individual seeking refuge or asylum; especially an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution as because of race, religion, membership in Continue Reading

  • Answer the Call

    by Heather Lewin At this time of dramatic change and uncertainty in our world, it is comforting to remind ourselves that a single positive action from one individual can have a ripple effect. You have the power to create change and spread kindness; to fulfill the responsibility of Tikkun Olam. And because we are all Continue Reading

  • The Fruit of a Day’s Work

    by Yohai Gross “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” — Jacques Barzun Six years ago I was working for an amazing organization in Israel called ELEM. This nonprofit was developed by American Jews and Israelis to try and help at-risk Continue Reading

  • PRIVACY – A Precious Value Worth Preserving

    by Rabbi Charles P. Sherman Exodus Chapter 28:34-35 says, “A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate all around the hem of the robe. Aaron shall wear it while officiating so that the sound of it is heard when he comes into the sanctuary . . . and when he goes Continue Reading

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