What Our Tradition Says

The Detroit News reported yesterday that Robert Aronson tended his resignation as CEO of the Detroit Federation.

“Robert Aronson, the driving force behind the enormously successful Jewish philanthropy in Metro Detroit for two decades and the man who spearheaded the financing of expanded and revitalized facilities and programs in health, education and housing throughout the Jewish community, is ending his 20-year term as chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.”

Here’s an opinion piece from Rob Eshman, in LA’s Jewish Journal, interviewing Aronson:

Old Traditions, New Rules

Topic No. 1 on the Sukkot circuit this year was the economy. How bad will it get? Who’s pulling their kids out of day school? Where are you putting your money? What money?

“I have a new word for my sukkah this year,” a friend said as we walked into his simple bamboo-and-muslin hut: “Affordable housing.”

There’s no doubt about it: We are scared. Things have been bad before but not this bad. After seven fat years come the lean, just like our tradition says.