By Rabbi Shefa Gold When I was studying for the rabbinate at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College back in the 90’s, I decided to take a year off every two years to explore my own curriculum. Though my studies at RRC were wide and intense at an intellectual level, I had some questions about my work as a rabbi that weren’t being addressed. One of those questions involved the process of spiritual retreat. I took a “year off” to explore those … [Read more...] about Why Go on a Retreat, Anyway?
By David E. Posner In 2011, the Rady JCC in Winnipeg undertook a strategic planning process that began with rethinking what their organizational values would be, ones like customer responsiveness and quality, along with values rooted in Judaism. This wasn’t going to be an easy process, nor one they would undertake lightly. To be effective, the JCC would need to decide what desired competencies would be, what they wanted to be truly excellent … [Read more...] about Finding Jewish Values at the Center of Strategic Visioning
By Ruth Ellen Gruber With the horrific attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we have been reflecting on this potent Jewish symbol, often used to refer to the Torah, and often used in Jewish ritual art. The Etz Hayim Hi, sung in synagogue when placing the Torah back in the Ark, goes like this: “It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it. And all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all … [Read more...] about Photo Essay: Reflecting on the Tree of Life (in Jewish symbolism) after the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue
By Gila Muskin Block
There is something so special about receiving a gift. Especially if it is one you have wanted your entire life. You know that energy during the Holiday Oprah episode when everyone in the audience walks away with the most incredible gifts. The well known Oprah declaration ringing out “you get a gift, and you get a gift and you get a gift.”
Ever wonder what it would be like sitting in that audience and being the only one … [Read more...] about #ShedTheLight:
8 Days and 8 Ways
By Robert Bank “Diversity” might not be the first word that comes to mind when we think about living a Jewish life - but it should be. Our heritage’s creation story - human beings created in the image of the Divine - makes an unequivocal statement that all people, whatever our race, ethnicity, class, culture, language, ability or identity, are infinitely valuable and equal. Our history of oppression teaches us to stand up for - rather than … [Read more...] about One Story, Many Voices: A Call for Increased Diversity and Equity in Jewish Life and Leadership