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Jewish Daily Forward: A Chicago Orthodox rabbi reaches out to his Rohingya and Black neighbors

Posted on June 17, 2021

By Joshua Flanders

Read the original story in the Jewish Daily Forward here.

In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out.

As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals, and other accessibility issues as simple as welcoming different styles of worship.… Read the rest

Jews are leaving France amid anti-Semitism. Emile Ackermann (‘23) and his wife Myriam are staying.

Posted on May 26, 2021

Where in France did you grow up?

I grew up in Strasbourg. It’s in France, near Germany. 

What was the Jewish environment like there?

I grew up in an Orthodox environment, so I’ve been learning Jewish texts in a Jewish environment since I was born.… Read the rest

A Letter from Rabbi Linzer regarding the Violence in Israel – May 14 ,2021

Posted on May 14, 2021

Dear Friends,

For the last several days, we have watched in pain the escalating violence in Israel and the meaningless loss of life. The toll of individuals killed and injured rises every day. As sirens wail and babies scream for their mothers, Israel’s citizens are scrambling into bomb shelters and watching rockets surge towards their homes.… Read the rest

Shavuot Reader 2021

Posted on May 6, 2021 In collaboration with Yeshivat Maharat and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), YCT has created a collection of Shavuot 2021 readings. Click here to download. Click here to purchase


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Passover 2021 Supplement

Posted on March 23, 2021 In collaboration with Yeshivat Maharat and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), YCT has created a collection of Passover 2021 readings. Access the reader here.


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Why Being a Rabbi Led Me to Participate in the Novavax Vaccine Trial

Posted on February 11, 2021

By Rabbi Uri Topolosky (’05), for Washington Jewish Week

For two years in a row, our congregation has concluded Yom Kippur under the stars — this past year due to COVID, and the year before after a 3-year-old boy pulled the fire alarm with 20 minutes left in Neilah.… Read the rest

Tu B’Shvat Teaches Us We Each Must Take on the Obligation of Addressing Climate Change

Posted on January 27, 2021

By Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff for The Jewish Forward

Amid today’s climate catastrophe, Tu B’Shvat offers us a chance to consider our role as environmental caretakers. This past year, news of droughts and deluges, fires and floods, has woven itself across our news feeds in an unending parade of devastation that can only be described as biblical in proportion.… Read the rest

#YCTInnovators: Learn about Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff’s (’18) Journey to Professional Genealogy

Posted on January 7, 2021

Interview with Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18)

Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18) is a professional genealogist and Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

How did you first become interested in genealogy?

I was about 15 years old when I first became interested in genealogy.… Read the rest

In Haifa Coronavirus Ward, a US-Trained Rabbi Helps Muslims Keep the Faith

Posted on January 4, 2021

Interview with Rabbi Mike Schultz (’08) by Nathan Jeffay in The Times of Israel 

As Israel’s third wave COVID cases surge, Rabbi Mike Schultz dons his hazmat suit, and prepares to talk about Allah.

Israel’s Arab citizens have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which means that 12 years after graduating from a New York rabbinical school, Schultz is spending his days talking with a lot of patients who are deeply probing their Islamic faith.… Read the rest

Modah Ani: A 2020 Thanksgiving Reflection, for All Those Alone

Posted on November 24, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Jon Kelsen for eJewish Philanthropy

I thank you, eternally living King! For You have returned within me my soul, with compassion; Your faithfulness is great!

The prayer Modah [Modeh] Ani was authored by 16th century Safed kabbalist, R.… Read the rest