By Jeremy J. Fingerman I love Thanksgiving. In coming together with our family and friends, we reconnect with the people in our lives and emerge with renewed gratitude for the loving and supportive community that surrounds us. Especially in a year in which we have faced so many challenges, Thanksgiving provides a much-needed reminder that no one stands alone. The Jewish community has certainly had more than its fair share of hardship in … [Read more...] about The Light We Bring
Archives for November 2018
By Rabbi Andy Kastner Inflection points are natural. They occur when something around us changes - the market, culture, perhaps the way in which communities define themselves. Inflection points are moments where adaptability is required in order to stay relevant, competitive and to meet the needs of a new era. 2018 marks the centennial of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. 100 years is a natural time to look back, look around, and look … [Read more...] about Guiding Teams through Ambiguity
By Gabriel Dweck When I heard about the tragedy that occurred in Pittsburgh, I felt compelled to travel to the city that I consider my home away from home to attend the vigil, and then to hang Stars of HOPE. Over the course of that terrible Saturday, we slowly made our plans to go on Sunday - it was all I could think about. You might question why a (then)15-year-old boy, who has never even lived in Pittsburgh, felt the need to drop what he was … [Read more...] about Bleeding Black and Gold: A Teenager Brings Hope to Pittsburgh
By Professor Shira Eve Epstein “How comfortable are you talking about race and racism?” I asked this question to a group of teachers at the start of a class that would involve conversation about race. Drawing on materials from Teaching Tolerance’s Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students, the teachers selected statements including, “I would rather not talk about race/racism,” and “I am very comfortable … [Read more...] about Educators Learning to Address Race: An Uneasy and Critical Process
Rabbi Benjamin Berger is joining Hillel International as Vice President for Jewish Education. In his new role, Rabbi Berger will oversee the Hillel U Center for Jewish and Israel Education, charged with leading the growth and development of all Hillel professionals in the core areas of Hillel’s mission, strengthening all Hillel staff as learners and educators.
Most recently, Rabbi Berger served the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. … [Read more...] about Comings and Goings:
Staff Changes at Hillel International; URJ Kutz Camp to Close