by Rabbi Deborah K. Bravo Rick, Danny, Jonah, Mark and Brad. One might think this is a list of possible names for you new baby boy. No, this is the list of the top ranking individuals in the newly re-organized Reform Jewish movement. And no, this is not a page from our history - this is 2012. The proud announcement arrived in the inboxes of congregational leaders a few days ago, boasting of the accomplishments in the first month of our new … [Read more...] about Liberals Are That Way Too?
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by Carl Hoffman Congratulate me. I have just reached an important milestone in life: five years in Israel. I realize, of course, that this short span of time pales before those reached by people who have lived in this country for decades - who built houses amidst sand dunes, who ventured out to establish communities in the middle of vast orange orchards, and who fondly remember their now bustling cities back when they were miniscule … [Read more...] about An Accidental Israeli: A Trip to Manila Paves the Way Home
In today's world, no nonprofit organization would think twice about collecting, and hopefully analyzing, information about their donors. So too, with website traffic. For how else can one effectively judge site visitors' demographics and interests? Based on site and RSS feed analytics, here - in descending order - are the five most popular posts on eJewish Philanthropy last week: Liberals Are That Way Too? by Rabbi Deborah K. … [Read more...] about The Week That Was: February 12-18
By Gary Wexler Several of my close friends’ children who are in their late 20s and early 30s - graduates of day schools; alums of Jewish camps, Israel trips and junior years abroad at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities; former Birthright trip leaders; recipients of every scholarship, funded journey, fellowship and grant the Jewish community bestowed upon Generation Next - claim they will not set foot in Israel because of the Palestinian … [Read more...] about Can We Separate the Soul of Israel From Its Politics?
By Cheryl Moore Six weeks after the Tree of Life massacre, our neighborhood of Squirrel Hill is still in shock. You can hear it in the muted tones of conversations and see it in the pained faces. We still can’t quite believe that brutal violence took the lives of our loved ones. We still struggle with being the target of virulent anti-semitism. We shudder as we realize that phrases like “one of the most horrific scenes,” and “worst antisemitic … [Read more...] about The Reality of Antisemitism in America