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Rabbi Ari Weiss honored for Cornell Hillel leadership

Posted on December 17, 2019

Rabbi Ari Weiss honored for Cornell Hillel leadership

By Joe Wilensky

Rabbi Ari Weiss, executive director of Cornell Hillel, is one of 16 honorees recognized by Hillel International, the largest worldwide Jewish campus organization.

Weiss, who has led Cornell Hillel since July 2016, received the Richard M.… Read the rest

I matter, but I Don’t Count: Reflections on Saying Kaddish

Posted on December 9, 2019

By Miriam Schachter, LCSW for The Times of Israel

When my mother, Pnina G. Schacter,  פנינה בת לאה פעשע וחנוך העניך, died on October 31st, 2018, I was determined to say Kaddish in her memory over the course of the year.… Read the rest

Rabbi Noah Leavitt Ran the New York Marathon for Friendship Circle

Posted on November 6, 2019

Rabbi Noah Leavitt to run for Friendship Circle in New York Marathon

By McKenna Corson

Over 52,000 people crossed the finish line at the TCS New York City Marathon in 2018, and among them was Noah Leavitt, senior rabbi of Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue, running the race for the first time.… Read the rest

Dr. Michelle Friedman Main Speaker at Philadelphia’s City Hall Tree of Life Commemoration

Posted on November 1, 2019

Philadelphia Commemorates One-Year Mark of Pittsburgh Shooting

By Jesse Bernstein


The drive from Center City, Philadelphia, to the Tree of Life synagogue building in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh is a straightforward one, even if it’s a bit long. From the Jewish Community Services Building at 2100 Arch St.,… Read the rest

Hearing the Shofar’s Cry in the Jerusalem of Lithuania

Posted on October 2, 2019

Written by Rabbi Avram Mlotek’s (’15)

I spend a lot of time in cemeteries. It’s part of the gig: I’m a rabbi. And my Hebrew name — Avraham Yitzhak — is common enough that I often see myself on gravestones, an eerie reminder of the liturgy we’ll recite this Rosh Hashana: “A man’s origin and end is from dust.”… Read the rest

Rabbi Aaron Frank (’08) leads his students in faith

Posted on September 4, 2019

Rabbi Frank wants to guide students in their faith, not force them to feel a certain way about Judaism and their beliefs.

“Many people think if you have ‘rabbi’ in front of your name that you’re going to impose, and there’s going to be coercion,” Frank said.… Read the rest

Rabbi Jacob Siegel ensures that investors do not promote religious discrimination and instead reflect their values

Posted on August 29, 2019

Rabbi Jacob Siegel, ’16, Director of Engagement for JLens, an organization that serves as a bridge between the Jewish community and the responsible investing arena, writes:

Kosher and halal slaughter is being vilified in Europe. Here’s what concerned investors can do about it.Read the rest

Rabbi Jordan Soffer (’16) on the cost of Jewish Day School education

Posted on August 21, 2019

“No frills is a euphemism for no differentiation. Small class sizes and individualized instruction means more teachers, which means more salaries. Providing the type of support that helps learners of divergent interests and abilities thrive is, simply put, expensive. Students are different, and learn differently, and Jewish day schools have a responsibility to engage each and every student.”… Read the rest

YCT Rabbis Attempting To Rebuild Ties Between Israeli And American Jews

Posted on May 16, 2019

YCT Musmakh, Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), co-founder of Base Hillel and Rabbi at Base MNHTN, writes:

Attempting To Rebuild Ties Between Israeli And American Jews

The state of Israel, now having marked its 71st year of statehood, is for many Jews not only a dream fulfilled but one that is still unfolding.… Read the rest

Marriage Without The State Clergy Monopoly

Posted on February 14, 2019

By Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld (’07), Coordinator of English Educational Programs, Neemanei Torah V’avoda (NTA), Chashmonaim, Israel

Almost a year ago, I received an urgent phone call from a woman (let’s call her Dina), who told me that the chief rabbinate’s office had just telephoned her here in Israel.  … Read the rest