As sleet falls right now outside my office window on a chilly February afternoon, I can’t keep my mind from wandering ahead six weeks from now, when I will be taking a short vacation to Cambodia. I look forward to being able to see Angkor Wat even more than I simply dream of being able to go outside wearing shorts. While I won’t blog about this adventure, as I did with my much more Jewishly-oriented journey to Ukraine, I am sure my Facebook friends will see their fair share of photographs.
While I have no aesthetic expertise when it comes to photography, those pictures are what I would refer to by the highly technical term of "snapshots." They will represent an amazing place that I have always dreamed of visiting, but they certainly won’t be indicative of my everyday life. Without diminishing my appreciation for everything about our part of the world here in Upper Fairfield County, I would nevertheless love to be able to see amazing ancient temples and go outside to walk in warm weather every day, but that isn’t my reality. And so a snapshot is just that - a snapshot.
Professionally, the question that I have been asking myself, 18 months into my tenure as CEO of our still recently-merged Federation, is how we turn wonderful moments into pervasive norms, how we turn snapshots in time into portraits of our community.