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Guys Talking About Sexual Assault and Consent

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Cody Greenes

I discovered Moving Traditions through our local Federation. I heard their presentation as a board member and was floored. I came up afterward and asked how I could help. The Shevet programming allows our guys (not "boys") to set aside time for reflection on their growth in this world as young Jewish men. CEO Deborah Meyer is right on point in the piece below: we (adult volunteers) don't teach or tell, rather we are trained to help guide a discussion …

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On Getting a Call Asking to be Forgiven

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Rayzel Raphael

When I was 15 years old, almost 50 years ago, I had a very exciting boyfriend who would drive from out of town on the spur of the moment to Knoxville, surprising me and bringing me flowers. So I was very psyched when I got invited to a dance in his town and begged my parents to let me go. They wanted me to have a social life so they relented. My mother had explained the facts of life to me, yet she had not explained the facts of life of teenage drunk boys.   It was a full weekend of …

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Jewish Rockstars, Jewish Leaders

Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 by Scott Harris

“Why don’t I write a song for our siyyum?” was what came out of my mouth one Monday night last Spring. My idea was to add some original music to our Siyyum, our final thank you, that would be presented at our last Wexner Heritage Institute in Utah. Never mind that I hadn’t written a song in at least a decade!   Yet one morning in May, as I set out on a long run, the kernel of a melody popped into my head. I got home and dashed something out and immediately shared i…

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A New Year and a New Opportunity to Consider Our Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2018 by Rachel Kest

Just Set it and Forget it   Remember the days before DVR or streaming, when you used to actually watch infomercials that were on late at night or Sunday morning because there was nothing else to watch? Who doesn’t remember the king of the infomercial Ron Popeil and his rotisserie chicken machine? He had this mantra that both he and his studio audience repeated over and over and over — just set it and forget it — showcasing just how easy it is to make a rotisser…

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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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We Need to Talk About Jewish Mothers

Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2018 by Mindy Berger

The 2018 General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is coming to Tel Aviv in October and will highlight the work of the Federation Movement and address the challenges of the Israel-Diaspora relationship. The theme of the GA this year is “Israel and the Diaspora: We Need to Talk.” Thousands of Israeli and Diaspora leaders from a cross section of Israel and North American will be part of the dialogue.   This year The Jewish Women’s Renaissance…

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A Letter From Alum Lisa Messinger, Wife of Rabbi Aaron Panken, z"l

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Lisa Messinger

It’s difficult to capture the paralysis of loss, and I won’t try to do so here. I know anyone reading this letter has faced a painful hurdle, and each of us has somehow found a modicum of strength to face the next day, no matter how unimaginable that task may feel.     The surprise for me, in these early months, has not been the bottomless sadness, but the accompanying sense of urgency — to heed Aaron’s voice in my head and not falter from the work he be…

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Meet the Goldbergs

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Karen I. Treiger

A bed, a meal, a blanket, a suitcase, a shower, shoes, a warm cup of coffee, a safe place to live. I took these things for granted for most of my 57 years. But no more.    In June of 2016 I traveled with my family to Poland to walk in the footsteps of my in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. My father-in-law, Sam, was one of approximately 65 to survive the Death Camp Treblinka (870,000 murdered) and after escaping during the prisoner uprising in August of 1943, he ran to the woods. Ther…

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Houston a Year Later

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Joe Kaplan and Joe Kornfeld

One year following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Jewish community continues to work through the process of rebuilding.   Several large synagogues, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish geriatric home, two Jewish pre-schools, one Jewish day school and more than 2,000 homes in Houston’s Jewish community were severely damaged as a result of the storm. To say the community was in a state of emergency is an understatement. The Jewish Federation of Greater …

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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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