I’ve been thrilled (and surprised!) at how many people have signed up for Moneyball Judaism since September. Writing this newsletter is one of my favorite things to do each week.
Today, I published a love letter in eJewishPhilanthropy to all of the Jewish organizations who want to thrive in a world that is not always fair, and why Moneyball remains my inspiration for them and for me. You can read the article by clicking on this link.
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Everything I learned about working with teens I first learned from Ordinary People. As USY completes a summer with teens traveling across North America, Europe, and Israel, I decided to rewatch Ordinary People for the hundredth time and go back into the literary and cinematic world that made me want to work with Jewish teenagers. Read my latest article in eJewishPhilanthropy here.
I have a weird relationship with people calling me “rabbi.” What does this have to do with Parashat Korah? Find out by reading my D’var Torah published by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) by clicking on this link.
After USY International Convention was canceled due to the omicron variant, I needed to find some comfort in Torah. Here are my thoughts on this week’s parasha and the pedagogy of hope on my long-dormant blog at The Times of Israel.
On July 1, 2021, membership in USY will be no more. After a long hiatus, here’s my article in eJewishPhilanthropy about why that’s awesome, and what it means to take a wrecking ball to an iconic practice.
A report from The Council on Foreign Relations states “rising numbers of sick people, growing unemployment, increased anxiety and financial stress, and a scarcity of community resources have set the stage for an exacerbated domestic violence crisis around the world.” While the COVID-19 pandemic leads to many explicit crises, sometimes the biggest crises are the silent ones.
This past year, I was honored to edit a new edition of a Jewish Women International’s Clergy Guide on Domestic Abuse in my capacity as a member of their Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse. I’m so proud that our team just published the new edition in both web-based and PDF form. Please read, share, and inform.
I am a somewhat regular contributor to eJewishPhilanthropy, and wanted for some time to write a piece on racism and white privilege. And yet I struggled for months to write a piece I felt comfortable with because of one roadblock: my own racism.
Today, eJP published an article about my struggle to do teshuvah and recognize that I am both “the problem” and part of “the solution” to systemic racism. You can read the article by clicking on this link.
Tomorrow night, I will be a guest on Facebook Live sponsored by JewishLIVE with Rabbi Avi Finegold and Professor Roberta (Bobbi) Kwall, as we discuss Bobbi’s new book Remix Judaism. You can RSVP for the event here; I hope that you can join us.
A few weeks ago, USY cancelled our summer programs. And yet one of the most important things people can do in times of acute stress is express hakarat ha-tov, gratitude, and these days I find myself with an abundance of gratitude.
Last week, eJewishPhilanthropy published my article about myUSYfi Summer, USY’s completely digital operation for summer 2020, and what it portends for the future of teen engagement. You can read the article by clicking on this link.