Kitchens can be messy, and kitchen politics, even messier - especially in Israel, where calling your food kosher without the rabbinate's permission can lead to fines and even jail time.
Several years ago, two Jerusalem restaurants came to us to complain that the rabbinate refused to certify them as “kosher” unless they agreed to unreasonable demands.
In one instance, the rabbinate insisted that a restaurant owner use only specially grown “bugless” leafy vegetables, which are sprayed heavily with more pesticides than regular vegetables. The restaurant owner preferred to...Read More
The Torah teaches us that every human being is created b’tselem Elohim, in the image of God. Many Jews have taken this principle to heart, including the Reform Jewish community, whose newly instituted programs and attitudinal changes are aimed at helping everybody see themselves as being made in the image of God.
Unfortunately, this principle is not always present in our daily lives. Activists and advocates have long called for change in the fashion and advertising industries, citing the need for such imagery to reflect the true beauty of every person, regardless of skin color,...Read More
Global leadership. This combination of two words sounds so spectacular and intimidating. I am fortunate to be participating in the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship, which prepares young Jewish leaders to become global leaders. The fellows are from three different areas of the world - Eastern Europe, North America, and of course, Israel. As part of the program, we participate in seminars in these locations, and get to learn about the different types of communities we come from, the struggles that our communities, and that we as leaders in...Read More
Last Wednesday, the Washington Post wrote about the topics most clergy members discuss from the pulpit as a way to illustrate that the issues most associated with communities of faith - reproductive rights and LGBT rights/same-sex marriage, due much in part to the Religious Right - is not what is actually happening on the ground.
There are few experiences more exciting – or intimidating! – than going off to sleepaway camp, whether for the first time or the tenth. Though it may seem that everyone has been attending camp forever, first-timers are not alone. Every single camper once was a newbie, too, trying to find his or her place in a vibrant, lively, and close-knit camp community, and we – the counselors and staff – are there to help. It’s our responsibility to ensure that everyone finds a home away from home at camp, and though it’s a tall order, we learn just as much from campers as they learn from us.
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