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When Can We Trust the News?

I was in a meeting, just after noon last Friday, when I started to receive news alerts on my phone about the school shooting in Newtown, CT. Over the next several hours, and for days to follow, the news continued to pour in, offering details about the shooter, the victims, and the events that transpired that tragic morning. Like many, I was anxious for more information and read and listened to reports from many different sources, so I could begin to grasp the magnitude of what had transpired (and so...

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A New Canadian JFS . . .

On behalf of AJFCA Canada, I recently took a fascinating and informative trip to the beautiful island city of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Canada. How did I get so lucky? Three months ago I received a call from Mark, who explained that he is a recent retiree to the warmest city in Canada, Victoria, on Vancouver Island. He said that he and a number of committed volunteers want to establish a Jewish family services agency on the Island to serve its community, and the Jewish community of...

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The Golden Rules of Effective Communication

You’re a professional, an expert in your area even.  You spend (at least) five days per week engrossed in your portfolio with depths of knowledge that allow you to come up with some really great ideas.  To spring idea into action, you may need to make a pitch to your boss or your team.  Once implemented, you may want to convey the impact to your organization’s board of directors.  Here’s where you hit a snag.  Conveying information in a clear, concise and impactful way is a core leadership skill, but...

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Inclusion on the High Seas

A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on a fabulous transatlantic cruise. From prior experience, I knew that we would meet people from other countries, speaking different languages.  What I did not know, was that there would be 150 deaf passengers from the USA and 15 from Canada. I was amazed to find that the cruise line had provided 2 sign language interpreters for every 25 passengers, and there wasn’t an activity on the boat where these passengers were not present. Signers were present at the lectures,...