Posts Tagged: college

The Holy One Created Tyler; Why Couldn’t His Roommates See His Holiness?



by Rabbi Paul KipnesOriginally posted on Or Am I? This weekend, though consumed with the celebration of life – a wedding, two B’nai Mitzvah, the bris of a baby – my heart was breaking as I tried to comprehend the deadly harassment that led to the death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. His roommate […]

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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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Our Redhead Looks at Colleges: Tears, Smiles and a Blessing



by Rabbi Paul Kipnes (originally posted at Or Am I?) It all started with Consecration.  In celebration of the beginning of their formal Jewish education, these cute kindergartners ascend to the bimah to stand before the aron kodesh (holy ark) to receive a mini-Torah from the hands of their parents. Nervousness surrounds us as children wonder […]

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Your children are now witnesses – NFTY teens visit Aushwitz/Birkenau



Rabbi Jan Katzew, a URJ Lead Specialist and his wife, Cantor Lanie Katzew, a URJ Music Specialist are accompanying the NFTY in Israel L’Dor V’Dor trip. NFTY teens are travelling through Eastern Europe prior to their time in Israel this summer. Jan and Lanie shared these reflections on the first week of the trip with […]

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