Marc Gronich: Originally from Brooklyn, Gronich is a UAlbany graduate and president/news director/owner of Statewide News Service Inc. He also started JBizTechValley.com.
1 Tell us about JBiz.
JBizTechValley.com is designed as a tool to put the Jewish community of the 16-county greater Capital District under one virtual umbrella. Many people from larger metropolitan areas are of the belief that this area is a vast wasteland of Jewish life and culture. In fact, some people from this area who are Jewish but disconnected from the cultural and ethnic side of Judaism believe the same thing. We have much to offer as a community that is 20,000 strong with more than 800 Jewish business owners and professionals, 50 congregations, 30 Jewish-run organizations and many educational opportunities. I am also writing news reports detailing community happenings and how government relates to the Jewish community, or doesn’t as the case may be. I titled this part of the website, News Jews Can Use.
2 How has the reception been so far?
The reaction from the Jewish community has been mostly positive. Of course, anything new in the Jewish community has naysayers but they come around.
3 What do you see as the future of this site?
I foresee this website as being a magnet to draw more Jews to the Capital District. Once folks who want to move to another area see what we have to offer in the greater Capital District, I hope this website will turn around the image we don’t deserve.
I enjoy camping, hiking, bowling, playing baseball and attending baseball games, working out, exercising and trips to historical sites.
5 Favorite Memorial Day weekend activity?
Whether it is Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day, I try to get away to a campsite or rent a cabin near the beach and enjoy the water and some quiet time. I look forward to the fireworks at the Empire State Plaza or in Manhattan every year.
— Danielle Sanzone