Jews across the United States, even cynical millennials, are increasingly looking for solace and answers in the age of Trump. By Debra Nussbaum Cohen Haaretz.com U.S. synagogues, especially those where rabbis are outspoken about the values espoused by President Donald Trump, are finding that attendance and membership are up - way up - since last November. Call it the “Trump bump.” It’s happening against the backdrop of the long-term … [Read more...] about U.S. Synagogues Experience ‘Trump Bump’ as Congregants Turn to Prayer, Activism
Archives for May 2017
By Maya Bernstein We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot, a time of re-commitment to keeping the Torah meaningful and relevant to our lives. There is a curious phrase in Exodus 20:14, which we read on the holiday to commemorate the Israelite’s experience of receiving the Torah at Sinai. The Torah sets the scene: the people stand trembling at the foot of the mountain; Moses is at the top with God, the elders are partway up the mountain, and … [Read more...] about Seeing the Sounds: Internalizing Innovation
By Dr. Evie Rotstein [This is the eleventh in a weekly series of posts from a coalition of institutions across the continent devoted to nurturing the emerging transformation of congregational and part-time Jewish education. The series is curated by the Leadership Commons at the William Davidson Graduate School of Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.] Education in the socio-affective realm is not a new idea. The past two decades, … [Read more...] about Part-Time Jewish Education: Harnessing the Power of Social-Emotional Spiritual Learning
By Jake Max As the old adage goes, a year of service is a marathon, not a sprint. The Repair the World Fellowship - an 11-month opportunity for young adults to engage the Jewish community to address social justice issues through service - is no different. Serving as a Food Justice Fellow this past year in Brooklyn provided me with a unique opportunity for professional, intellectual, and emotional growth. I spent much of my time recruiting … [Read more...] about Being a Repair the World Fellow: The Eyes, Ears, and Hands in the Field
By Romi Rutovitz I moved to Warsaw in November, and since then the most common question that has been asked of me is why Poland? How did you end up here - where Jewish life was almost decimated under the Nazis and the Communists - comes quickly afterwards. My first visit to Poland was ten years ago on March of the Living. Since then, like many other Diaspora Jews around the world, I have maintained an interest in the Holocaust - visiting … [Read more...] about Why Poland?