This article was reported by Jewish Currents in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with support from the Puffin Foundation. By Sarah Seltzer As the #MeToo movement unfolded, Jewish Currents spoke with more than 50 Birthright Israel participants and staffers about their experiences with the often-fraught sexual and gender dynamics on the trips, uncovering the case above along with eight other alleged incidents … [Read more...] about Birthright Israel and #MeToo
By Rae Ringel
When Muriel Rukeyser, American poet and political activist, wrote that “…the universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” she touched upon a particularly salient point in the enduring tension between humanity and science, and, perhaps even more pertinent, between humanity and technology.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the recent TED2018, where over 100 speakers - activists, scientists, adventurers, change-makers and more … [Read more...] about Human Capital in the Age of Amazement:
Reflections on Ted2018
By Rabbi Paul Kipnes Sitting in a meeting, chewing over some complex sensitive issues, I mansplained a respected woman rabbi… and I liked it! There we were a mixed group of highly accomplished rabbis, struggling to find a way forward on a complex issue. Hands went up as the moderator asked for comments. One speaker, a colleague I respect greatly, shared a gutsy, insightful analysis of the situation and, apparently, offered a solution to the … [Read more...] about I Mansplained a Woman Rabbi and I Liked It
By Jody Passanisi
"What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people"
Abraham Joshua Heschel
DeLeT: Creating Text People
I heard this quotation for the first time thirteen years ago in my DeLeT year at Hebrew Union College- it was presented as a kind of a credo, a raison detre for the program. At the time, I didn’t understand how important this concept was. Thirteen years later, it became clear to me that the DeLeT … [Read more...] about Text People:
the DeLeT Alumni Network
By Aliza Gershon As the nation arises Torn at heart but breathing To receive its miracle, the only miracle. With soft voice: We - Are the silver platter On which the Jews' state Was presented today. Thus wrote Natan Alterman in his celebrated poem, “The Silver Platter,” in December 1947, anticipating the rebirth of national sovereignty by a few months. The establishment of the State of Israel 70 years ago was one of the … [Read more...] about Seeking the Silver Platter