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In what could be a first, Orthodox synagogue elects all-female board

Posted on July 13, 2016

Five women chosen at Ohio’s Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, which installed first female president in 2013. Rabbi Truboff’s Ohio Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, has elected an all-female slate of officers.Read the rest

Sacramento temple hires native son as rabbi

Posted on July 13, 2016

Camping trips, new Torah classes, backpacking retreats, discussions that connect agriculture to the Talmud and Jewish law, a cycling club — congregants at Kenesset Israel Torah Center in Sacramento can expect all that and more after Rabbi Garth Silberstein steps in as spiritual leader.Read the rest

Rabbi Adam Scheier ’04 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visit Auschwitz

Posted on July 11, 2016

The Globe and Mail reports on the emotional visit to Auschwitz by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Rabbi Adam Scheier ’04.

(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)… Read the rest

New East Bay Federation Hire Bring His Focus on Food Justice

Posted on June 24, 2016

On June 16, Jweekly.com reported on Rabbi Andrew Kastner ’10 and his new position as Director of Community Impact at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, in the article, New East Bay Federation Hire Brings His Focus on Food Justice.… Read the rest

Shavuot in Birmingham

Posted on June 24, 2016

Scott Kalmikoff ’18 writes about a Shavuot visit to Birmingham:

My maternal grandfather’s family has been living in New York since the 1850s, and I am a sixth-generation New Yorker. Other than studying in Israel for a year and a half, I have spent my entire life in the New York area and had never visited a Jewish community outside of New York or New Jersey, so I naturally wanted to experience small-town Jewish life.… Read the rest

YCT at Hillel Conference

Posted on June 24, 2016

On June 14–16, Hillel International held an Educators’ Kallah at the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland. First held in the summer of 2015, the conference provides Hillel educators from across the country an opportunity to come together to share ideas and best practices.… Read the rest

14th Annual Yemei Iyun a Success

Posted on June 24, 2016

YCT’s 14th Annual YCT Yemei Iyun on Bible and Jewish Thought has come to a successful close. The event, held at SAR High School in Riverdale, had an impressive list of speakers included Rabbi Hayyim Angel, Rabbi Daniel Epstein, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Miriam Gedwiser, Dr.… Read the rest

Overcoming the Selfishness of Sodom: Six Steps in a Jewish Approach to Impact Investing

Posted on June 24, 2016

In “Overcoming the Selfishness of Sodom: Six Steps in a Jewish Approach to Impact Investing,” Rabbi Jacob Siegel ’16 writes about the importance of ethical business dealings. This article was published on June 10 in Impact Alpha.… Read the rest

Highlights from Chag HaSemikha

Posted on June 24, 2016

We were overjoyed to celebrate our Annual Chag HaSemikha with over 300 guests last week. After graduating our largest class to date, we now have more than 100 graduates serving the Jewish community around the world. Among our thirteen graduates, Rabbi Aviad Bodner, Rabbi of the Stanton Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side, was the first to complete our Semikha for Rabbinic Professionals track, a profound achievement.… Read the rest

Modern Orthodoxy Needs to Expand Its Theological Reach

Posted on June 24, 2016

In “Modern Orthodoxy Needs To Expand Its Theological Reach,” published on June 2 in the Jewish Week, Rabbi Ysoscher Katz writes about where Modern Orthodoxy stands today and how it can sustain itself in the future.… Read the rest

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