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Two Jobs Are Better Than One



by Steven Portnoy The mission of the Men of Reform Judaism’s (MRJ) Reform on Campus (ROC) committee is “to assist students in creating meaningful Reform Jewish experiences on campus that will lead them to being active and involved Reform Jews for life.” Because I have been an involved member of this committee for eight years, […]

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Forum for the Future: Young Adults on Jewish Community



I was thrilled to participate in Reform Judaism magazine’s winter cover story, “Forum for the Future,” a symposium that provides Jews in their 20s and 30s a platform to speak candidly about what young adults want and need to find their home in the Jewish community. Historian and Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna sets the […]

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Reform-ing the College Campus



I was on the phone a few months ago with Marshall Einhorn, executive director of Brown-RISD Hillel, discussing a talk I was asked to give at Brown, where my younger son is currently a junior and of which my older son is an alumnus. As an aside, I asked Marshall who would be leading the […]

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Youth Engagement: Progress and Benchmarks



Throughout Jewish life there are many benchmarks. Some are optional, and some come with tradition. The path I have taken has definitely been one of structure.

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An Open Letter to Recent High School Grads



So you’ve just graduated from high school. First of all, mazel tov! But… now what? Moving from high school to the next phase of your life is an exciting time and there is much to do. Living away from home or attending college may be the first opportunity you have to make decisions about how […]

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A Lesson of Traveling and Thanks: What I Learned from my Students on Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel



By Jason Levine “Rabbi Hanina taught: ‘I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but from my students I have learned most of all.’” A few days ago, I had the honor of serving as a staff member for a group of 40 college students from the Hillel Foundation at Miami University […]

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My Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua



by Missy Goldstein Last fall, as a junior attending the University of Florida (UF), I was considering all the possibilities for the upcoming spring break.   I know that typical UF students spend their spring breaks on cruises and at beaches, drinking and getting awkward tanlines.  I was not excited by the prospect of getting sunburned […]

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Spotlight on Israel

My Magen David Adom Experience: Would I Do it Again?



by Rebekkah Karp (As part of her Netzer Year, Rebekkah spent two months training and volunteering with Magen David Adom – the Israeli Red Cross – while living in the city of Karmiel.) I ate fast food or a chocolate sandwich for lunch nearly everyday, I drank an average of four cups of coffee everyday, […]

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A Shabbat to Remember, Part 2: Making Jewish Connections Across the Globe



by Tyler Benjamin Tyler Benjamin, a third year John V. Lombardi Scholar at the University of Florida, just returned from a three-week study opportunity in South Africa. Read Part One of his unforgettable Shabbat experience, and enjoy Part Two, below. Let me start out by saying the food was delicious and the company, excellent. But […]

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Reform on Campus (ROC)… Reform for Life



by Steven Portnoy For five years–the last two as chair–I have had the privilege and honor of serving on MRJ’s Reform On Campus (ROC) committee. Let me start by giving you a little background about MRJ, of which ROC is a part. Now almost 90 years old, MRJ began as the North American Federation of […]

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No Justice, No Chickpeas!



by dccOriginally posted on Jewschool By now you all have heard of the Princeton referendumbeing offered by a group of concerned students at the Ivy League campusin New Jersey. Sabra Hummus has been declared an enemy of Palestine andshould be banned from campus there should be other options for students to purchase when they desire […]

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I Am Still Persuaded: A Former Pentecostal Reflects on His Conversion to Judaism



by John Wofford “I’m way out of my league,” I think to myself as I sing the Sh’ma with a congregation of devout Jews. Though I’ve long said goodbye to Christianity, I know the faith well. Honestly, you could transplant me back to the Bible Belt and I could easily recapture my old rhythms. When […]

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One Student’s Personal Pursuit of Justice



by Elliot Kort My liberal Jewish guilt was really starting to bug me. In the wake of the 2008 presidential election, I reflected on how I perceived the nation was changing. In doing so, I faced a cold, hard truth; I hadn’t done anything but vote. I hadn’t pledged my time, volunteered to go door-to-door, […]

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Davar Acher: What’s in a Name?



by Aliza Gazek(Originally published in Ten Minutes of Torah and Reform Voices of Torah) As I walked up to my freshman dorm this September, carrying a metal-frame backpack and sap-infested clothes from my wilderness orientation program, I heard people shout, “ALIZA!” The welcome cheer that followed my name is but a blur, overshadowed by my […]

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