Wishing all our readers a Chag Pesach Sameach. We will resume publishing on May 1st. … [Read more...] about Chag Sameach!
Archives for April 2016
By Joshua Ladon Last week, 32 eleventh graders from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco and I were in Tel Aviv’s Shapira neighborhood listening to a Sudanese refugee tell his powerful story of escaping from his village to Khartoum, from Khartoum to Cairo, and then, ultimately to Israel. He offered a real connection to the complex policy issues facing Israel today. The poetics of his talk were not lost on us: Three … [Read more...] about Moving Israel Education Beyond ‘Complexity’ to ‘Responsibility’
By Briana Holtzman Passover is one of my favorite holidays. Each year, we are challenged anew to think about what we are willing to fight for; charged to make the changes we want to see in the world. Instead of simply marking an historical event on the calendar, we are instructed to retell the Exodus story as if we ourselves had experienced the miracle of liberation. Around the Passover seder table we sing verse after verse of “dayenu.” … [Read more...] about What’s Really Enough When it Comes to Jewish Teen Engagement?
By Zhanna Beyl Illustrations by Yelena Yafe Passover Haggadah When my husband and I were still dating, he invited me to a Passover Seder family reunion somewhere in the suburbs of Philadelphia. His mother’s family rented a large reception hall, ordered Kosher for Passover food, and invited close to 60 relatives. The tables were beautifully set and by each place setting there was a yellowed family haggadah complete with wine-stained pages. … [Read more...] about My Freedom in Three Objects
By Jay Ruderman We at the Ruderman Family Foundation have two key missions - the full inclusion of people with disabilities, and the strengthening of the relationship between Israel and the US Jewish community - though we’ve been engaged with the former focus for a longer time. Now after more than a decade of concentrated work in the area of inclusion, we felt it was time to evaluate the extent of our impact. In the spirit of Passover and the … [Read more...] about Looking Back to Look Forward