Category Archives: Notes From the Staff


Prozdor Highlights: Iraqi Jewry, Composting, and Torah Tangles

It was another interesting day at Prozdor on November 16th; here’s just a taste of what was happening! Life in Baghdad Students in Norman Finkelstein’s class, Jews of Islamic Lands, heard from Dr. Sammy Shina of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell about his experiences growing up in Baghdad. Dr. Shina spoke about the larger history of Iraq and the artificial borders created in that region during the early twentieth century…. Read Article →


Genetics, Israeli Dance, and Parent Learning: Another Prozdor Sunday

Jewish Genes Renowned geneticist and pathologist Dr. Harry Ostrer stopped by Prozdor on Sunday to present on the origins and genetic linkages between Jews and their neighbors. He visited our class, “A Chosen People,” which explores the origins of “chosen-ness,” the consequences of that perception, and a look at what modern science can tell us about the subject. Dr. Ostrer, author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People and… Read Article →


The Whole World Is A Sukkah: Intergalactic Judaism

I’ve probably taught 20 different courses over the past 11 years at Prozdor. While most have been about Israel and the Bible, every now and again I take a shot at something new. This semester I had a crazy idea: what would it be like to teach a class about how Judaism would look, feel, and be celebrated differently if it wasn’t an Earth-based religion? How we would we mark… Read Article →

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Diversity: A Reflection

Growing up in Belmont, I knew about Bedford in two distinct ways. First, that the Marshall’s in Bedford was the best one around. Second, that Bedford was on the way out to “The Swamp,” which is what my parents called Great Meadows. That was about it. Now that I’ve been a homeowner and resident in Bedford for seven years, though, it’s quite surprising to see Bedford in the international headlines… Read Article →


Rising Voices, Growing Leaders

Working in today’s Jewish educational landscape, I know the buzzwords that get folks excited about new programs:     “Choice”     “Global”     “Interest-Based”     “Community Service”     “Leadership” This is what teens and their families are looking for, so we give it to them. We provide amazing summer camps that target specific interests, we plan travel opportunities to give students a global perspective, and we train leaders. A lot of… Read Article →

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Dissatisfaction Can Change the World: A Prozdor Learn-In on Workers’ Rights

“Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. Let us be dissatisfied. “ –Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. It is dissatisfaction that motivates us, as… Read Article →