Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web
Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the web that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know!
- “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church,” CNN’s Belief Blog
Christian author Rachel Held Evans writes of young Christians like herself, “We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.” She recommends that faith leaders ask millennials what they want to see from their religious communities, because the answers may be surprising.
- “Kerry Says Goal is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months,” New York Times
Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would assemble once more in the Middle East within the next two weeks for a peace deal. Their goal is to complete a peace agreement within nine months that would result in an independent Palestinian state.
- “Pamela Geller’s Intolerance Crosses Red Line on Bimah,” Jewish Daily Forward
Two synagogues recently cancelled an appearance by Jewish anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller. In response, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union of Reform Judaism, writes that Jewish community leaders should not invite speakers into their synagogues “who promote hatred of other religious and ethnic groups in the guise of advancing Jewish interests and values.”
- “Aaron Panken Named President of Hebrew Union College,” Jewish Daily Forward
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., of Mamaroneck, NY, was recently named the next president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion by its board of governors. Rabbi Panken has taught at HUC-JIR in New York since 1995 and has served as vice president for strategic initiatives, dean of the New York campus, and dean of students. As president, Rabbi Panken will serve as the chief executive officer for all of HUC’s four campuses.
- “New Regional Youth Group President to Start Camp for Underprivileged Youth,” Linconshire Review
Amy Orlov, president of the Chicago chapter of NFTY, volunteered at URJ Camp Jenny for underprivileged youth in Atlanta this summer. The experience motivated her to leverage her position at NFTY in order open a similar camp in the greater Chicago area.
- “Eisner and Crane Lake Camps Stand Up to Bullying,” eJewish Philanthropy
Campers at URJ camps Eisner and Crane Lake experienced a unique day of anti-bullying programming. Says Director Louis Bordman, “We want camp to be a safe space where people can be themselves in all of their diversity and uniqueness, knowing they wouldn’t be judged.” During the emotional day, campers were challenged to find the good in themselves and in others around them.