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
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By Dr. Shahar Sadeh In recent years the world has witnessed an increase in efforts to delegitimize Israel and Israelis. Much has been and will yet be written on the manifestations of the global BDS movement, as the challenge is growing and complex. Much of the writing was or will be drafted by faculty members who became “experts” on the subject, oftentimes unintentionally, as they were standing against the tide. Over time they became aware … [Read more...] about Faculty Members, University Campus and the Jewish Community – Why Should the Three Go Together?
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
Edited by Ava Berkwits In the wake of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting, the 2018-2019 JWA Rising Voices Fellows came together to reflect, respond, and call people to action. In these pieces you will find connection, sadness, outrage, courage, and compassion. You will find the strength of today’s teens who are growing up in an age of so much senseless gun violence. These pieces function not only as a reflection of personal … [Read more...] about JWA’s Rising Voices Fellows Respond to Pittsburgh
[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 23 - “The Israeli Diaspora - a Peoplehood Perspective” - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.] By Netaly Ophir-Flint It seems that the Jewish people are currently living in the best of times and in the worst of times, to borrow the famous phrase from Charles Dickens. On one hand we are seeing the most flourishing time in Jewish history. Two large and thriving Jewish … [Read more...] about It’s Time for the Israeli Diaspora to Step Up and Assume its Leadership Role!