With 2020 primary voting finally upon us in just a few weeks, and Israel’s unprecedented third round of elections coming up in six weeks, I want to draw your attention to another election that begins next week: the American Jewish vote for the 38th World Zionist Congress. Though this election, which begins on Tuesday, has generated noticeably less buzz, it represents an important opportunity for … Continue reading For American Jews: A Time To Vote
“Stars of Hope” painted by teens on JCRC’s MLK Day of Service On Monday I had the honor of joining Governor Baker as he signed legislation releasing an additional $1 million in funding for non-profit security grants; a budget item that we at JCRC have prioritized. Afterward, a member of the press asked me if I was “happy” to be at the State House for … Continue reading On being a force for good
This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. During my first career as a psychotherapist, I worked with people recovering from trauma. Though the details varied from case to case, my focus was supporting each person to face the reality of what she or he had endured, to know in their hearts that they had not caused it, and to marshal the resources needed … Continue reading How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency
This month’s JCRC Study Tour for Elected Officials at the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem From JCRC Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell: A game of chess is played in three phases. The opening moves set the stage for the drama to come. Most of the direct action comes in the middle game, where pieces are traded and sacrifices are made. By the end … Continue reading The Middle Game
The 2018 JCRC Christian Clergy Israel Study Tour This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. Almost every Saturday, you can find me in synagogue, where I celebrate Shabbat with my community, joining in the sweet song of Jewish prayer and the joyful study of Torah. But on three recent Sundays, I found myself in other houses of worship, outside of the tradition in … Continue reading A Tale of Three Churches
A short while ago, I arrived at Ben Gurion airport. Together with JCRC’s Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell, we’re starting out on our biannual civic leaders study tour, this time together with members of the Massachusetts Senate. A few weeks ago, I was talking with an Israeli friend with both British and American citizenship. This person, only half-jokingly, commented that, at the moment, it … Continue reading From Israel: Finding Inspiration in Dysfunctional Times.
This blog post was originally published in the Times of Israel. My mother was raised Catholic. She became Jewish while in university, going through a process – guided by her rabbi and supervised by a rabbinical court in San Francisco – of wide-ranging study covering Jewish practice, history and culture. I was born Jewish a few years later. Growing up, at our shabbat table in … Continue reading Can We Retire the Concept of “Conversion” To Judaism?
This past summer, our professional staff used this space to post a delightful reading list of books they love and use in their work. During my sabbatical, I had the pleasure of finishing 36 books covering a range of subjects and projects in which I was interested. Many of my readings covered history, memoirs, Jewish and political philosophy and the current state of America. For … Continue reading Reading my way through Europe (and then some…)
This blog post was originally posted on Times of Israel. Should we, American Jews, stop trying to defeat antisemitism? It is a question I’ve been pondering as I recently spent a month traveling through Europe and experiencing Jewish memory. And it is a question I’d love to hear from others about: Should we, as an American Jewish community, stop carrying the fight to “end” antisemitism … Continue reading Should American Jews Stop Trying to Defeat Antisemitism?