As grief and violence continue to unfold in Israel and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the gruesome terrorist attacks by Hamas on Oct. 7, I sat down with Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
Dragon, who just returned from Israel, spoke of the critically important history of Israeli-Palestinian relations, from the ancient Jewish ties to the land to the birth of Israel in 1948 and the complex path toward peace ever since.
We also spoke about how the attack has sparked concerns of rising antisemitism across the United States and the implications for American Jews.
Alex Zapesochny is Rochester Beacon publisher. The Beacon welcomes comments and letters from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name. Submissions to the Letters page should be sent to [email protected].