In an era of increasing polarization, is there anything more important than finding a way to unite our community rather than to continue working in institutional, ideological and philosophical silos? By Sandy Cardin You don’t have to be a golfer or even a sports fan to appreciate the miraculous victory Tiger Woods achieved at The Masters tournament last Sunday. Slowly but surely, he plotted his way around the familiar terrain of Augusta … [Read more...] about Three’s A Crowd
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Passover 2019 By Maya Bernstein Is there a recipe for change? A pinch of this, a cup of that, a dash of this, a spoon of that, bake at this temperature for that amount of time and, voila, a successful change process? Alas, we know it is much more complex. Yet the well-known but deceptively simple "Mah Nishtanah" text, traditionally changed by a young child at the beginning of the Seder, might actually be as close to a recipe as we can get. … [Read more...] about Four Elements of Successful Change
By Gary Wexler Several of my close friends’ children who are in their late 20s and early 30s - graduates of day schools; alums of Jewish camps, Israel trips and junior years abroad at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities; former Birthright trip leaders; recipients of every scholarship, funded journey, fellowship and grant the Jewish community bestowed upon Generation Next - claim they will not set foot in Israel because of the Palestinian … [Read more...] about Can We Separate the Soul of Israel From Its Politics?
By Lindsey Bodner In September 2018, the first group of one-and-a-half to three year-old kids began attending Olam Katan. I started this drop off playgroup because there are no reasonably priced, pedagogically sound Jewish programs in our Lower East Side neighborhood in Manhattan, and I feel strongly about my son receiving a quality Jewish early childhood educational experience that reflects my family’s values. As a parent, I wanted to … [Read more...] about Thinking Big and Funding Small: Models for Making Jewish Education Affordable
By David M. Mallach Last week, Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Portugal passed away at the age of 95. The Skulener Hassidim, whose rebbe he was, is composed of at most a few hundred families but over 25,000 people attended his funeral in Borough Park. To appreciate the significance of this it is helpful to understand some of the recent trends in the Hassidic world. Born in Moldova/Romania, he had lived in the US since 1960. The neighborhood of … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Rabbi Yisroel Avraham Portugal
With great sadness we mourn the passing on March 24 of Anna R. Cohn. Early in her career, Anna served as Director of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick Museum and was among the founders of the Council of American Jewish Museums when it was established in 1977. She went on to direct museum planning efforts for the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and then served as Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) from … [Read more...] about In Memory of Anna R. Cohn