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A Wintry Mix

Last Friday, after an overnight flight from Philadelphia, we arrived to an overcast sky in Tel Aviv and by the time we reached the Jerusalem hills the skies had darkened, the rain fell, and the windows were fogged up from the heat trapped inside the bus. For those that had never been to Israel before, it probably felt surreal- a long transatlantic flight, a dark and rainy drive to a… Read Article →

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Reaching Parents at the Biggest Baby Shower

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc and Erica Streit-Kaplan On October 7, programs affiliated with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) came together at the Biggest Baby Shower Boston. This event, open to all new and expectant parents, was like a trade show for families with a laid-back atmosphere like a cocktail party (but they were “mocktails”). As a sponsor, CJP was given a large display area, which they kindly opened up to several partners who work… Read Article →

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Presidential Inauguration

Since becoming president of Hebrew College, just over six years ago, I had participated in three presidential inaugurations.  Andover Newton Theological School’s was my fourth. The first three celebrated the inaugurations of new presidents at three very different institutions of higher learning. Each president, however, was a committed and active Jew. The fourth one, this past Sunday, October 5, 2014, was for me a completely new experience, and the only one… Read Article →

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Shavuot: Divine Light and Earthly Vessels

In preparing for the celebration of the holiday of Shavuot — “The Time of the Giving of Torah,” as it is referred to in countless rabbinic sources — I have been reflecting on a striking teaching from the great Hasidic sage Rabbi Levi Isaac of Berditchev (1740-1809) on the relationship between spiritual inspiration and religious practice. In his commentary on the Torah portion of Terumah (Exod. 25:1-27:19), the Berditchever (as… Read Article →

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A New View of the Narrow Bridge

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While no one was actively worried about these issues yet, each parent around that table knew… Read Article →

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Relief Trip to Seabright

The 2014 Relief Trip to Seabright New Jersey was a moving experience. 19 Prozdor volunteers drove to Seabright on the morning of Wednesday April 24th, not many of us knew what to expect. Hurricane Sandy struck Seabright, New Jersey so hard that an organization solely for lifting people back on their feet was born: Seabright Rising. The town in which we worked is very small, everyone knows about Seabright Rising… Read Article →

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How Joining a Community of Writers Changed Me

This month our Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their experiences of the fellowship over the past year. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. Before this year, I had always viewed writing as a solitary process. I wrote alone, revised little and only sought feedback after a piece was complete. Rising Voices has given… Read Article →

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Rising through the Year

This month our Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their experiences of the fellowship over the past year. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. As my year in the Rising Voices Fellowship comes to a close, it is time to look back on the experience and look forward to my next adventures as a… Read Article →

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Boston Kind: Stories Of Compassion

On a balmy April day last year, I stepped into a taxi in suburban Boston and headed downtown to attend the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in response to the Marathon bombings just three days earlier. As I sat in the back of the cab, trying not to sweat too much through my suit, I felt a swirl of emotion moving through me: terrible sadness for… 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 →