Category Archives: Community Blog

Community Blog A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

Since the afternoon in high school when my cross-country coach (who was my history teacher, a novelist and a stand-up comedian) shared his philosophy of never being unprepared, preparation has been key to everything I do. Before starting any project, I like to research, investigate, ask questions and then make decisions that are as informed as possible. When pregnant with our first child, our bedroom became a maze of parenting… Read Article →

Community Blog Four Questions with Jessica Silverman

Four Questions with Jessica Silverman

One of the most exciting new offerings at Prozdor this fall will be a science, technology, engineering and math module in which students explore the intersection of Judaism and science in new and creative ways. We have tapped Acton, Mass. native Jessica Silverman, a newly minted Ph.D., to teach this section. Here, Silverman talks about her background, her love of science and her new role at Prozdor. Tell us a… Read Article →

Community Blog Opening American Eyes to Israel's Diversity

Opening American Eyes to Israel’s Diversity

American Jews would benefit from listening to Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie. In a recent talk, Adichie explained that “it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person.” Only when American Jewry exposes its youth to all the stories that make up Israeli society will we be able to remove the indifference that has built… Read Article →

Community Blog Lessons Learned From Rabbi Lamm’s Last Letter

Lesson’s Learned From Rabbi Lamm’s Last Letter

I was an undergraduate and rabbinical student at Yeshiva University in the early to mid-1980s. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was the university’s president. YU was beginning to emerge from a crippling financial crisis, and Rabbi Lamm was leading the revitalization of modern Orthodoxy’s flagship institution. As a student, I did not always agree with his policies or positions on a variety of issues, but his dignified demeanor, his embodiment of… Read Article →

Community Blog My Connection to Judaism

My Connection to Judaism

Me’ah was one of those things you heard about at synagogue meetings, Kiddush, the JCC or other places Jews in the community gather. Most of our friends knew about the two year course of study, and some of the braver types with young children had even taken it. Everyone we spoke to said we must do it! So, as soon as both our kids were off to college, we signed up. One… Read Article →

Community Blog Teach Everyone

Teach Everyone

According to that famous Chinese proverb, “it is a curse to live in interesting times.” So we’re good, because “interesting” doesn’t begin to describe what we’re living in. These are extraordinary times for lots of reasons, but chief among them is the dizzying rate of change that is taking us, well, we have no idea where. And we all know it isn’t likely to slow down. This can be disorienting. … Read Article →

Community Blog What Prozdor Means to Me

What Prozdor Means to Me

When I first came to Prozdor, I knew that I wanted to think critically about Judaism, but I had no one to talk about it with. My shul is great, but there weren’t a lot of teenagers there and I never got into any youth groups. Prozdor gave me what I had been missing: people who understood me. People I could discuss Judaism with on a serious level. I also… Read Article →

Community Blog Why I Am a Jewish Educator and Jewish Learner

Why I Am a Jewish Educator and Jewish Learner

I have studied and taught Judaism now for about 50 years. The first 15 or so (from age 5) were, of course, primarily about learning, but the rest have been learning and teaching at the same time — from teaching “cheder” in the UK in the 1970s through teaching today at Hebrew College. This past year, I taught three graduate courses and was a participant in the inaugural Me’ah for… Read Article →

Community Blog Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value

Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value?

Last week I was in Cleveland when the news broke about the young women who were rescued from captivity. The city of Cleveland was in shock as the details emerged that these innocent victims were held against their will for 10 years and suffered horrible abuse at the hands of their captor. The more we discovered about the cruel violence perpetrated against the three women, the more disgusted the nation… Read Article →

Community Blog A New Vision for Prozdor

A New Vision for Prozdor

Kids don’t know how lucky they have it. They go to school, get driven to sports and music classes, have play dates, watch TV, get food prepared for them and are only inconvenienced by doing homework. Generally speaking, they get to pursue their interests and passions with the support of their parents. Enter Prozdor. Prozdor hazily exists somewhere between passion and compulsion. Yes, parents like to make their kids go… Read Article →