Many Baby Boomers remember listening to the sounds of tiles clicking on their mother’s game tables and smelling the smoke wafting from their cigarettes. Usually a lovely lunch or snack was served by the hostess and the games went on for hours. This was the social world of Post WWII housewives.
Winter weighs on the soul of this author. She finds comfort, though, in the moon cycles and their symbols, laden with meaning, healing, comfort, and inspiration.
In 2016, I participated in a Federation-led LGBTQ mission to Israel that included an incredible aha moment during Shabbat.
I appreciate proactive disaster management for all types of emergencies, but a recent lockdown drill at my kids’ school sent me reeling.
It would be an error to believe that Judaism fits into the current wave of reactionary nostalgia. In fact, idealizing the past is plainly antithetical to a foundational principle of Judaism: that history is a progression.
We are heirs to a wise tradition. When we find our guiding principles in those sources, not only is leadership enhanced, the organizations and programs and ultimately the entire community benefits.
College should be a safe space of learning and growing, not a place for persistent predatory behavior. Colleges do too little to prevent assaults from happening or to support the victims after a crime occurs.
Joseph’s story is a reminder that justice does come. For the transgender community, and the LGBT community at large, each step forward is met with significant barriers, but that doesn’t mean the fight is any less vital.
Shabbat Tzedek, observed annually the weekend before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is an opportunity for congregations and members to celebrate the achievements of movements for racial justice, and to look toward the challenges ahead.
We’re almost a week into the new year, but it’s not too late to make a new resolution. In 2017, resolve to be more committed to your Judaism. Here are seven easy ways to begin – choose to do one or all of them!