By Ed Frim Springtime is the Jewish season of volunteering. Good Deeds Day, Mitzvah Day and other such events offer many annual opportunities to feed the hungry, visit the sick and elderly, help abused animals, clean the environment and more. For example, JServe is a national effort to engage teens, and attempt to teach them about “fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable … [Read more...] about Mitzvah Day: Good, But (Maybe) Not Tikkun Olam
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By Rabbi Rami Schwartzer and Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal A Jewish Wedding Michaela and Jeremy (names changed for privacy) want a Jewish wedding, but they have no idea why or what that means. Both in their late-20s, they were born into Jewish families in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs. Michaela was minimally involved with BBYO while in high school and spent a summer or two at a camp with a subtle Jewish flavor. In a later interview, it emerges that … [Read more...] about Putting Mike Uram’s “Next Generation Judaism” to the Test
By Stacie Garnett-Cook and Rabbi Joshua Rabin Today, the words “Conservative Judaism” and “interfaith marriage” are seldom seen in-print without a story about some controversy. As a result, you might think that InterfaithFamily (IFF) and USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) working together would be an unlikely partnership. We wouldn’t blame you. However, in December our organizations published A Synagogue for All Families: … [Read more...] about Why InterfaithFamily and USCJ Partnered to Help Conservative Synagogues Engage Interfaith Families
By Ed Frim Of course we want to include everyone in synagogue life regardless of their abilities. But when we scratch the surface, it is not so simple. We do not all agree on what inclusion means; we have different reasons, even within Jewish tradition, for focusing on inclusion; and there are many barriers to doing it and doing it right. One of the best definitions of inclusion I’ve read is from Miss Malory, an occupational therapist and … [Read more...] about How Inclusive ARE You (of those with disabilities)?
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin “Build the newsroom out of Legos, not bricks. The right structure for today won’t be the right structure for tomorrow.” The New York Times Innovation Report (March 2014), page 95. In December 2017, The New York Times announced that thirty-seven year old Arthur Gregg (A.G.) Sulzberger would succeed his father as publisher on January 1, 2018. While A.G. was a logical choice to become publisher given his lineage, his most … [Read more...] about Build Your Synagogue Out of Legos, Not Bricks