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Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Robert Auritt, Jeff Feig, Bruce Goldberger, Cody Greenes, Yelena Kutikova, Susan Pultman, Michal Wachs

  Let me tell you a story. There was once a Jewish girl who grew up in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where she was hiding her Jewish identity because she was afraid of anti-Semitism and didn’t want to be singled out among other kids.     Then the girl grew up, turned 17, and immigrated to United States in 1999. Before she left Ukraine, her grandparents told her, “in your new country, stick with Jews.” She didn’t know what “sticking with Jews&rdq…

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Linked Arms – A Tactical Synergy for Empowering Law Enforcement

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Orit Cotev

If pressed to summarize my month at Harvard University as a Wexner Senior Leader into one, concise insight — one that I implement in my professional life — I would surely point to the principle of Cross-Boundary Collaboration.   The synergic law-enforcement strategy, adopted by the State Attorney's office, is a prime example of the de facto implementation of this principle.   In 1931, Al Capone was arrested after years of futile attempts to charge him with &…

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Wexner Israel Fellows Go To Washington

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Goni Laufer Duchin and Bobi Marciano Gilburd

In the week between our last final exam and graduation, our Wexner Israel Fellows cohort traveled to Washington, DC for our final Institute of the year. We aimed to understand the American political system and administration better, to be exposed to the American-Israeli everyday mechanisms and to deepen our connections to the Jewish communities and their leaders.   This week reflected our entire year at Harvard in many aspects.   First, every moment of this week was an incredible …

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Rites of Passage

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Emily Gindi, Andrew Mandel, Kerry Newman and Paul Siegel

Reading my vision statement (from my application) made me a little sad. I spoke about how I hoped to move the needle on creating more liberal, Orthodox opportunities for Jewish practice in Queens, and I do not believe I have done so. Nor do I believe that there is great hope of doing so in the near future. I could choose to be discouraged, or I can choose to widen my lens, to expand my vision of what change looks like and where change is possible. I choose the latter.   I realize that I …

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Dear Moses

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Rabbi Larry Hoffman

To: Moses Rabbeinu, CEO, Am Yisrael, Inc.   Dear Moses,   We appreciate your hiring our firm to look retrospectively at the corporate revolt that you call “The Korah Affair.” To be honest, our first recommendation is that you consult some literature on Jewish leadership — we suggest More Than Managing  (Jewish Lights Publishing) which is readily available. Also, your future company executives might hire professional coaches to avoid repeating basic error…

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Creating Family Engagement through a Children’s Choir

Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2018 by Vanessa Ressler

Small Voices = Copious Ruach   We have fortuitously been active members of Temple Beth Sholom of Miami Beach for more than 10 years now. In that time I have personally loved the warm embrace I feel as I enter our welcome center, and have enjoyed, as a synagogue leader, incredible stability. I have felt compelled to look for areas where I can uniquely give back.   Music and opportunities for using multi-generational family engagement to build community are particular passions of mi…

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Pitching at the JBC!

Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2018 by Julie Potiker

Every year, over 200 Jewish authors have the opportunity to present their new book to an audience of book fair professionals and lay leadership from the 110 Jewish book festivals in the United States. The venue is HUC-JIR in Manhattan, in the sanctuary, which lends a holy spirit to the wholly nerve wracking experience!   As a board member of the Jewish Book Council, and as a chair of the San Diego Jewish Book Fair for many years, I never “stood in the shoes” of the authors giv…

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What Happens When Preschoolers Use Robots for Tikkun Olam

Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2018 by Meredith Lewis

What happens when a pack of robots come to a school to help preschoolers clean up the environment and engage in tikkun olam (repairing the world)?   This isn’t the Jewish sequel of Pixar’s Wall-E.   This is what happened at the PJ Pals Earth Day event. An initiative of the Lander Grinspoon Academy, PJ Pals brings together families with kids ages 3-5 for stories, activities, and schmoozing.   To read more, click here.     Wexner Field Fellow Meredi…

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From Moses to the Mosaics of our World

Posted on Friday, June 01, 2018 by Gary Grad

The word “mosaic” for some reason has always fascinated me. It often caught my ear as referring to something "of or by” Moses. The origin of the word, however, appears to be from the late Middle English from the French and ultimately from Greek predecessors. No evident reference tracing back to “Moses” per se.      In any case, Moses does inherit a group which could be described as a mosaic. In the midst of their common struggle and oppression,…

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What’s Wrong Between Israeli and American Jews?

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Eitan Chikli

For some years now conventional wisdom has it that Israel’s policies toward liberal streams and Palestinians are to blame for the rift between us and American Jews. I would not deny that the treatment of liberal Jews at the hands of Israel’s religious establishment, with the tacit complicity of the Israeli government, is a disgrace; every Israeli should be ashamed of it. This demeaning, offensive attitude plays a very real role in the growing alienation from Israel felt by Jews in No…

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