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The Power to Choose

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Director, Makor
November 12, 2014

Do you miss the campaign ads on television? I know I do … not! (If you are Xfinity owners, you could skip all the ads by watching your shows On Demand. Sshh! Don’t tell the candidates!) Putting the commercials aside, this past Election Day demonstrated that every votes count. Be it the gubernatorial race here […]

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Creativity in Jewish Education

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Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
May 28, 2014

What would it be like if the desired result of Jewish Education was not textual literacy nor Jewish continuity nor Identity development but the cultivation of a creative disposition; to act b’zelem elohim – as the Creator acts? Over this past year, we convened at Hebrew College a group of Boston Jewish Educators who lead […]

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Relief Trip to Seabright

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Student, Prozdor
May 11, 2014

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 […]

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“Wow”–The Jewish Story in Context

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens; Participant, Me’ah
April 28, 2014

“Wow.” Although somewhat inarticulate this word seems to best describe my initial feelings as I complete my Me’ah reading for the week. However, this is no ordinary week. This is the final week, the final reading of two years, four semesters, forty Thursday nights and one hundred hours of class. It’s a strange feeling, this […]

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Finding Friedan in Barcelona

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Rising Voices Fellow
March 25, 2014

This month our Rising Voices Fellows respond to statements by and about Jewish feminist icons. 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. It was August of 1970, and a group of 50,000 women marched proudly together in New York, […]

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Diversity: A Reflection

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Director, Prozdor
March 25, 2014

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 […]

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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

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Director, Prozdor
February 27, 2014

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer […]

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Why Ukraine?

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Director of Programming and Initiatives, Prozdor
February 9, 2014

When I tell folks I am leaving the country on Saturday, and explain where I’m headed, they inevitably ask: “Why Ukraine?” I could choose to launch into a history lesson of the relationship between Boston and Dnepropetrovsk, of the Jewish pioneers from the area who made this burgeoning community a priority for their time and […]

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So Much More Than Bagels

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
January 14, 2014

“Parenting Through a Jewish Lens.” Rather self-explanatory course name, one would think at first. A course on parenting, that is, raising your kids, through a Jewish lens, meaning…well, what exactly? Perhaps not as self-explanatory as one might think at first, given the broad experiences and backgrounds one can fit into the idea of being Jewish. […]

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It Takes a Village

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 10, 2013

There is no concise manual for how to be a good parent. No matter how many hours of pregnancy classes or how many books one reads in preparation for this amazing adventure rife with challenge and revelation, from the first day a child enters the world, s/he changes it. No matter what we think we […]

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