Category Archives: Community Blog

Community Blog JamesKaplan

Beyond “Finder’s Keepers”

This Fall, along with my wife, I participated in the Parenting your Tween Through a Jewish Lens class led by Judy Elkin.  It was a great experience, and I came away with a number of insights on how to parent our daughters (ages 10 and 7) as they grow into teenagers. One of the biggest insights I took away from the class was the Jewish concept of tzimtzum, which means… Read Article →

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What Do You Need From Me?

I think we can safely say that, as parents, we love our children. And I think we can say with equal surety that we don’t always like them. I mean, do we ALWAYS like anyone?  Even ourselves? We have a lifelong challenge to accept our kids for who they are. Why is it so hard to do? Perhaps one reason is because when they come to us with their struggles,… Read Article →

Community Blog Daniel-Lehmann

Intelligence community or intelligent community? That is the question.

I have been uncomfortable for some time now with the phrase “the intelligence community.” It is appearing in the news more frequently again as we confront the threat of ISIS and the radical jihadist terrorism that is spreading like a cancer. What bothers me about the term, which is an official designation of a group of 17 national intelligence agencies created by executive order in 1981, is that I don’t… Read Article →

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What’s Jewish About “Finding Nemo?”

Hebrew College’s Early Childhood Institute Annual Conference Advocates Early Connection with Jewish Families For those of us who are blissfully untouched by alzheimer’s or runaway children, Disney’s Pixar production, “Finding Nemo” is an entertaining and even funny story about a father finding his kidnapped son with the help of a friend with no short-term memory. But for those of us who have been touched by a loved one’s alzheimer’s disease, this… Read Article →

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Enough Slack on the Rope

This fall, I participated in Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens at the Dorshei Tzedek religious school while my kids were in their classes. The course was led by Judy Elkin, and took place over 5 Sunday mornings. Our class of 18 parents explored a wonderful variety of texts together, everything from “Maimonides on Anger Management” (Is there anything this prolific Jewish medieval philosopher didn’t cover?) to “How to Hug… Read Article →

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A Hanukkah Passion Project

In the spring of 2015, Andy Goldfarb, a local venture capitalist and entrepreneur, launched a new social media site called Breaking Matzo. Goldfarb, an avid Jewish learner, undertook this passion project as a way to share his love for Judaism and family holiday rituals with a broad audience. In August 2015, he began studying with Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Center for Global Judaism, as Goldfarb was developing the Hanukkah version… Read Article →

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Making Time, Not Wasting Time: Teen Philanthropy at Prozdor

Time is a scarce resource. And it’s getting scarcer as the world provides us with any number of ways to waste it. And if you think the age of technology and going to bed with your tablet gives us adults ample opportunity to be distracted, imagine how many more ways teens can spend time doing absolutely nothing at all. Case in point: Twitch. You know what Twitch is? It’s an… Read Article →

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Our Coordinator Gets Philosophical One Rainy Night

It was a dark and rainy night, the type of evening that makes you yearn for snuggly blankets and hot chocolate by a fireplace.  Yet here I was, avoiding puddles and shielding a heavy box of parent binders from the raindrops. I had a destination – the library of a local congregation for a Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class. I made my way through the twisty halls and introduced myself… Read Article →

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Rabin’s Handshake

I won’t forget that Saturday night 4th November 1994, twenty years ago, as we returned from dinner with friends to turn on the news and hear of the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Stunned and shocked, the British Jewish Community (where I was living) turned out 5,000 strong for the memorial ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall where ministers of HM Government, Jewish leaders, rabbis and foreign… Read Article →

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“Good Old Age”: Living and Dying Well

Parshat Hayyei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 Last year this time, my Facebook feed blew up with an article in The Atlantic written by the physician and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel. Emanuel argued that many Americans were unnecessarily extending their lives, sacrificing quality of life for quantity, spending the last years of their lives physically and mentally deteriorating, in hospitals and nursing homes for unnaturally long stretches of time. Instead of engaging in… Read Article →