Posts Tagged: community

Community. Prayer. Holiness.



By Rose Snitz As people gather and voices come together in harmony, the holiness of the space begins to form. From Shabbat services in local communities to regional Havdalah services, to closing rituals during the North American Convention, there’s always an unexplainable feeling of connection and community at NFTY events. Picture yourself overlooking a group […]

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Knowing When it’s Time: A Response to Rabbi Rosalind Gold



La-kol z’man; v’eit l’khol khefetz takhat ha-shamayim…eit s’fod v’eit r’kod… (To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…a time to mourn and a time to dance…) These words from Ecclesiastes 3, so familiar and widely affirmed to us in liturgy and in song, are nonetheless ignored in the common […]

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Finding My Jewish Connection In South Africa



Communications Director, Jane HK shares her experience in finding a Jewish Connection in South Africa.

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What Thanksgiving Tells Us About America, Community, Loneliness, and God



Thanksgiving tells us a lot about America, about our yearning for community and connection, about loneliness and about God. Loneliness destroys us in the same way that bullets and poverty destroy us. It eats away at our spiritual wellbeing. It eviscerates our sense of wholeness. In fact, loneliness kills. “O chevruta, o mituta,” it says […]

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Communities of Practice



by Lisa Lieberman Barzilai and Vicky Farhi “Across North America, people hunger for real connections.  They want – they need – to be part of meaningful communities.  The URJ’s new initiative, Expanding Our Reach Communities of Practice, is designed specifically to meet that need.  Please join us in this holy work, as Reform congregations come […]

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GA Address: “We Are Not the Same, and That is Our Strength”



Editor’s note: This is the as-prepared text of Rabbi Jacobs’ closing plenary address this afternoon at Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly. You can also watch his address below, courtesy of JLTV.com; he starts about two thirds of the way through the video. It’s too simple to think of the world as beginning with […]

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Chance Encounters on Shabbat



Shabbat is a special time for me. It begins around 4:00 on a Friday afternoon, when I retreat to a Starbucks for an hour or two of study and Jewish writing. And then it’s off to temple for the Friday night service, and Shabbat dinner at home. On Shabbat morning, my Rabbi and I take […]

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No Man (Or Woman) is an Island



by Barbara Lerman-Golomb The year I was applying for college, the essay prompt for the application to the University of Pennsylvania was “No man is an island” by the poet, John Donne. I didn’t end up applying to U of P, mainly because to me, going away to college meant leaving Philadelphia and attending a […]

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Let the Wind Blow; Bring On the Rain



It was only about a month and a half ago that we started to include the prayer for rain once again in T’filah: Mashiv haruach umorid hagashem, “You cause the wind to shift and rain to fall,” (Mishkan T’filah, p. 78). In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, some of us may wonder, did it have […]

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Jewish Education: Revolution AND Evolution



by Ira J. Wise I am so pleased that this symposium began with Dr. Charles Edelsberg’s words, as I have known of and benefited from his vision as realized through his work with the Jim Joseph Foundation. He writes, “[We] must begin with the understanding that education does not equal schooling. In fact, the very […]

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The Chain of Tradition in Jewish Education



I share Dr. Charles Edelsberg’s trepidations about making predictions, especially when it comes to the curriculum – in its broadest sense – of Reform Jewish education. With dramatic changes underway in both the American and Jewish communal landscapes, it would seem folly to make statements for which one might be held accountable. And yet, because […]

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12 Ways to Make Shabbat Services at Your Congregation More Like Camp



Want to bring the camp experience home to your synagogue and engage former and future campers in congregational life? Here are 12

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Camp Works: Strengthening the Jewish Family



This summer, I walked into GUCI in Zionsville, IN, and immediately felt like I was part of the family. Why? Besides hearing a rousing rendition of “Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem” and the overwhelming number of Midwestern smiles and “hellos” I received, the thing that made me feel most like a part of the GUCI family was being introduced not as the CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, but as former GUCI campers Jeff, Evan, and Andrew’s uncle! As I see over and over on my camp visits – now 85 different camps – Jewish camps are each families on their own and they are part of our larger Jewish family.

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Harold Grinspoon Visits Camp and Inspires Us All



by Marc Newburgh During the many years in which my wife and I had the opportunity to watch our boys as they spent time as campers and staff at Camp George, we came to the conclusion that whoever said it takes a village to raise a child was absolutely right. But for those of you […]

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