I was 20 when I learned that my first love had committed suicide. His death shattered me, both mentally and emotionally – but it also saved my life. You see, in the months leading up to his suicide, I had been planning my own.
Last January, Israel's government resolved to include all forms of Jewish worship at the Kotel, Recently, however, it has successfully avoided implementing its own resolution.
The concept of inclusion is currently a fundamental tenet of many organizations: private, public, not-for-profit and religious.
The JewV’Nation Fellowship represents the belief that a healthy Jewish people is possible only when individual Jews and their loved ones are included.
I'm uncomfortable entering unfamiliar synagogues - solely because I am mixed race, and people assume that I am not Jewish.
Wherever you go there's always someone Jewish
You're never alone when you say you're a Jew
So when you're not home
And you're somewhere kind of “newish"
The odds are – don't look far--
'Cause they're Jewish, too.
As congregational leaders, our task is not to get people nominally in the doors of our sanctuary but to help them through the gates of repentance.
May President Peres's memory continue to be for a blessing for the State of Israel, for the entire Jewish people, and, indeed, for the whole world.