More than 500 students from around the world came together in Buenos Aires from October 29 to November 1, 2018 to participate in “The 3rd World Youth Encounter,” organized by World ORT and the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation. ORT Argentina was event host and the ORT delegation of 57 representatives hailed from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Israel and South Africa. These students not only shared their ideas and passions with young … [Read more...] about ORT and Scholas Bring 500 Students Together in Buenos Aires
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
The Nazis had prescripted the events of November 9th, 1938. For them, it was only a matter of when such a premeditated assault on German Jewry would occur. The planned attack on German Jewry itself had been crafted as early as 1937. Indeed, historians have identified a number of reasons that prompted German officials to launch such an action:
“The background of the pogrom was signified by a sharp cleavage of … [Read more...] about A Night in November:
Remembering the 9th of November, 1938
By Rabbi Uri Allen Our God and God of our ancestors, master of mercy and of the brokenhearted, help us to begin the work of healing that we so desperately need right now. Grant us with the capacity of compassion to listen more than we speak, to give the benefit of the doubt more often than not, and to judge each other favorably - even, perhaps especially, when we disagree. Grant comfort to those who are in pain and full of grief. Comfort … [Read more...] about A Prayer For Our Country
By Steve Kerbel I’m a Jewish professional who is the son of a Jewish professional. I’ve worked in day schools, congregational schools, residential camps and youth groups. I’m Jewishly engaged. I’m a regular synagogue attendee. I usually arrive early. It was great to see the crowds last Shabbat. My suburban Maryland congregation which would normally have had 600 worshippers for the b’nai mitzvah last Shabbat doubled to nearly 1200 people (and … [Read more...] about What are we Calling this Shabbat?
By Rabbi Jonathan Leener This week in synagogue we read the tales of Isaac and Rebecca's children - Esau and Jacob. Ever since I first learned their stories in grade school - I’ve always been sympathetic to Esau’s plight and felt an obligation to defend his reputation. Till this day, I’m confused how Jacob emerges as the hero and Esau as the villain. After all, Jacob was the one who spent all day in his tent, while Esau worked the fields … [Read more...] about Reclaiming Esau: Jewish Inclusivity