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Social Justice/Tikkun Olam

Everything changed in one day. On September 2nd Americans woke up to see a photograph of Aylan Kurdi, a small boy whose body washed up on the Turkish beach after his family tried to reach safety by boat.  For many, this picture broke open our hearts to a crisis that had been underway for years.  As Jews, we were further awakened by the images and stories that immediately followed of

Nov 2015

Choisir La Vie

As the world mourns the loss of innocent life in Paris, I, like many, struggle to confront my feelings; Paris, Jerusalem, New York City and so many places around the world, have witnessed a common evil that must be confronted by a unified civil world. As we all declare our solidarity, sympathy and empathy with Paris and her citizens, we must question what it really means to do so. Yes,

During my trip to Israel with the Wexner Heritage Program in 2013, I extended my travels so I could attend the LGBT March in Jerusalem. I was moved to see the diversity of that event. Religious, secular and transgender people marching under a sea of rainbow flags, hand-in-hand, through the ancient city of faith. It was a beautiful experience. I felt safe with the security surrounding us despite knowing that

JOIN For Justice has posted two new jobs for a Director of Development and a Program Coordinator.  The job descriptions are available at this link:  

JOIN for Justice is delighted to invite Jewish communities across the country to join us in the launch of our groundbreaking Online Institute, a virtual space where Jews across the country can learn organizing through various online opportunities. In the fall of 2015, the Online Institute will offer its first online course, Don’t Kvetch, Organize! A Master Class, aimed particularly at volunteer leaders who are inspired by their Jewish identity to have a real and meaningful

The Wexner Service Corps (WSC) is a program designed to inspire and unite Columbus-area Jewish teens to engage in service learning.  The WSC is open to high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long service trip followed by a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning.  A select group of Corps members can return for a second year to join the Senior Leadership Cohort (SLC).  The WSC launched

This week, Jewish World Watch (JWW) – an organization that I co-founded with Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z”l,  just over a decade ago – brought together more than 3,500 people in Los Angeles for our Walk to End Genocide. It was incredible to look out from the stage and see so many faces of all backgrounds and faiths (many of whom are Wexner alums!) – united around the idea that

When the email came from my Wexner cohort member and friend Bryan Kort (Phoenix 09) about a gathering, I immediately placed the date on my calendar. Like many of you, I’m on too many boards to name and I’m overextended and burnt out and trying to juggle Jewish leadership with Jewish motherhood and family life. I am so caught up in the mundane (securing one last item for the shul

“Good news and bad news. The good news is that The Purim Superhero is officially a PJ Library book. The bad news is that PJ Library is not distributing the book as it does with ALL other PJ books. This second class status is tremendously disappointing to me. This isn’t the full inclusion and equality that Keshet and its supporters work towards. Let’s hope that PJ will realize that this