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Sukkah Stories: Tales from the Midwest

Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 by Becca Thomas

The festival of Sukkot may have ended, but we wanted to highlight a few ways Wexner alumni and staff took time to enjoy the holiday and celebrate with family and friends in their sukkahs. Not even a “Suknado,” the powerful thunderstorm that came through Columbus, could stop the joy.   WHP Alum Jenifer Newmark (St. Louis 15) participated in a lulav shake-off along with her husband John and their twin boys Martin and Samuel as part of the United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis…

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Uman, An Adventure in Absolutism

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Michael Paley

I arrived in Uman, the site of Nachman of Bratzlav’s grave, on the Friday afternoon before Rosh HaShanah. In 1810, just before he died, Rebbe Nachman had said to his followers that they should spend Rosh Hashanah with him, at the grave, or Ziyon as it is called. Unlike all other Chassidic groups, Rebbe Nachman left no one to be the next Rebbe and so he was the last, and his followers were called the “the dead Chassidim.” Since I was a teenager I have always loved the stories an…

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Understanding Jonah with Dr. Erica Brown

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Erica Brown

Thanks to Dr. Erica Brown for sharing these insightful videos about the story of Jonah, traditionally read on Yom Kippur. These 12 minute gems are based on her book Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet (Maggid Books). You can view Part 1 by clicking on the link above to the video, and can see Part 2 here.

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Oh Say, Can You See?

Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 by Angie Atkins

I love how The New York Times publishes a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence every July 4th: august and grey-toned, across a two page spread, arresting, even if one reads it on their fold-less phone. I read it through every year and, like most Jewish texts we return to, I find something new in it each time. Yesterday, that document seemed a bit like a Mishna, and the articles around it—possible US Supreme Court nominees, map-shifting new arms agreements and trade wars, …

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Bringing Digital Natives to "Never Again"

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Stephen Grynberg

Three years ago, I created an interactive website called Illuminate to encourage the commemoration of Yom HaShoah.  As a filmmaker, this was new territory for me.  Films, by their nature, change in their creation: rewrites, re-shoots, reedits.  But once you launch them into the world, their beauty and their blemish become fixed.   With technology, getting out in the world is just the beginning.  Change stands on your shoulder and whispers in your ear and the idea…

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We Remember

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Ellen Trachtenberg

As I anticipate our community wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration this Sunday, coordinated by The Holocaust Museum Houston, of which I am one of the proud founders, I am overwhelmed with emotion.   On the global level I will remember the incomparable number of six million murdered fellow Jews, but I also have a more personal interest.   I will be thinking of my husband’s grandmother, great-grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, who we only know through my mother-in-law’s …

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Star Wars and Purim

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Jonathan Berkowitz

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…Life in the realm is good.  Turmoil has not yet engulfed the empire.  But soon, it will be a dark time.  Evil will be everywhere.  A rebellion will be needed to destroy the Death Star.  Pursued by the empire’s sinister agent, a princess has a plan that can save her people and restore freedom.  Resistance depends on the Jedi and the force within.  Does that sound familiar?  It is a montage of the openin…

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How the Purim Story Helps Us Understand Parkland

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Lisa Lisser

This has been a tough week.  Last Wednesday, we witnessed yet another horrific school shooting, but something was different for me this time.  It was different because it was personal.  I didn’t learn about it from watching the news.  I didn’t first hear about it from an alert on my phone.  I heard about it at 2:30 in the afternoon, when I picked my 16 year old daughter up from school.  She was texting as usual, but when she looked up at me with tears an…

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Montreal 17 Celebrates Hanukkah

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 by Pam Orzeck

The Wexner Heritage Program Montreal 17 Members held their first annual family Chanukah party.  This was our opportunity to meet each other’s children and families and enjoy Chanukah together.  After our fall session of learning, we have come together as a group in friendship and in leadership.  For our Chanukah celebration, we all purchased new clothes to be donated to the local Jewish women's shelter and we were so happy and proud to share this act of chesed with our child…

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