We asked several kindergarten kids what a Shofar sounds like. Here's the adorable response...
Original Source: eJP
by Andrew Fretwell
Moments of crisis often reveal many insights about our Jewish community, if we can decode them properly. What can this “moment,” this conflict in Gaza and swelling tide of global anti-Semitism, teach us about our community here in the United States?
Original Source: Jim Joseph Foundation
by Charles "Chip" Edelsberg
With Rosh Chodesh Elul upon us and the High Holidays approaching, the Jim Joseph Foundation is preparing for the 40th meeting of its Board of Directors. The Foundation will devote the very first part of its two days of deliberations to discussing how the Foundation might respond, philanthropically, in the aftermath of the war in the Middle East – amid concerns about surging expressions of conspicuous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment.
“…Israel…serves as glue holding [Jewish day] school communities together.”
This is a significant finding of a recent AVI CHAI-sponsored study, Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools by Pomson, Wertheimer and Hacohen-Wolf. According to the study, while day schools and day school parents may differ on religious practices, all agree that a positive view of and connection with Israel is critical.
Original Source: The New York Jewish Week
by Amy Sara Clark
For 14 years, Taglit-Birthright Israel has focused its educational efforts on the thousands of 18-to-26-year-olds it sends to Israel each year. Now, the organization is broadening its sights to the Americans who staff the trips.
In May, Taglit-Birthright Israel launched “Taglit Fellows,” an educational program that will provide training to 200 American trip leaders each year.
Original Source: Camp Solomon Schechter
What a summer! The weather, nature and food have all been great, and the fun and ruach (spirit) have been amazing. We have enjoyed using our new Torah, as well as all of our new equipment (like the peddle-go-carts!). The programming has been meaningful as always, especially this summer’s Israel and Jewish education programs. Schechter is unabashedly Jewish and Zionistic, and this year it was heart-warming to witness so many campers and staff connect to their heritage.