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Battling Bella for Introverts

This month our Rising Voices Fellows respond to statements by Jewish feminist icons. Be sure to check theJWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. “Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.” —Bella Abzug Bella Abzug held office in the House of Representatives some forty years ago, and since then, what… Read Article →

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Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons From Moses and God

It seems every few weeks a new round of headlines cover the latest eruption within the American Jewish community over Israel, the most recent including a panel-turned-spectacle at the 92nd Street Y and communal storms over policies delineating who should and shouldn’t be allowed to speak at Hillels and JCCs. While these moments of heat and escalation capture the most press and attention, they obscure and distract us from at… Read Article →

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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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Everyone Will Lead

I was out on my regular afternoon run a few days ago, when a 45-mile-per-hour wind suddenly picked up on the leading edge of a cold front. The sky went from sunny to ominous, the breeze, from light to gusty, and before I knew it I was running stretches on the track into an intense headwind. Soon, the rain came — and when it rained, it poured. Change happens fast…. Read Article →

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Not a lion: why support for Obama’s Syria resolution is still relevant and important

I took lessons in Arabic language at the Arabic Summer Academy in Boston, and one of my teachers was Syrian. He didn’t like to talk about the Civil War, and generally refused to answer any questions about his politics. One day, in his class, I noticed a poster on the wall with the names of various animals in Arabic, and noticed that the Arabic word for “lion” is “assad”. “Is… Read Article →