Jewish Millennials

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List College at The Jewish Theological Seminary is where Amram Altzman found one of his many communities. | Supplied via Wikimedia Commons Two years ago, I wrote my first blog post for New Voices. I invited young Conservative Jews, unhappy with the current situation within their movement, to enter into conversation [...]
Wed, Sep 30, 2015, Continue reading at the source
A mosaic depicting the priestly blessing, performed as part of the Yom Kippur Neilah service, which asks God to give the worshippers peace. | Suppled by Kleuske [CC BY-SA 3.0]
A mosaic depicting the priestly blessing, performed as part of the Yom Kippur Neilah service, which asks God to give the worshippers peace. | Supplied by Kleuske [CC BY-SA 3.0]Yom Kippur is a day we all associate with asking forgiveness. It is a day when every Jew admits in public [...]
Mon, Sep 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Aribert Kempner, taken in 1943. | Supplied by Alexa Kempner
Aribert Kempner, taken in 1943. | Supplied by Alexa Kempner Imagine that you're 14 years old. It's December 1936. Today, and for a while now, you're focusing on the fact that you are leaving home. Possibly forever. Your parents bring you to the local train station with your medium-sized black suitcase, and [...]
Thu, Sep 24, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Ohio State University marching band came under fire for a 2014 songbook that contained lyrics referencing the Holocaust. | Supplied by Prayitno Hadinata (CC-2.0)
The Ohio State University marching band came under fire for a 2014 songbook that contained lyrics referencing the Holocaust. | Supplied by Prayitno Hadinata [CC2.0]With a new football season underway at the Ohio State University, the Buckeye community is determined to move forward in light of a report released this [...]
Tue, Sep 22, 2015, Continue reading at the source
What happens when you go off the derekh? | Supplied by the Archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York
Where do you go when you go off the derekh? | Supplied by the Archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York As a child, my rabbis and Judaic studies teachers cautioned me against straying “off the derekh,” which almost literally translates to off of the Orthodox straight-and-narrow. If [...]
Wed, Sep 16, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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Photo by Chloe Sobel This short story contains racial and ethnic slurs. “When's that kike getting here?” “I wish you wouldn't use such language, Henry.” “Why not? You've read the Protocols, same as me. They can't be trusted, Gerry.” Gerald Thompson fiddled with his pocket watch that was always a minute behind. He glanced [...]
Thu, Sep 03, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Amna Farooqi speaking to J Street U students outside the national headquarters of Hillel. March 2015. | Moshe Zusman for J Street
Amna Farooqi speaking to J Street U students outside the national headquarters of Hillel. March 2015. | Moshe Zusman for J Street For Amna Farooqi, the newly elected president of the J Street U student board, what was once the elephant in the room has now become her job. Farooqi, a first-generation [...]
Tue, Sep 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The J Street U march to Hillel's headquarters. | Photo by David A.M. Wilensky
Eric Fingerhut's decision not to speak at the J Street U conference in March triggered a march to Hillel International headquarters and exposed the rift between Hillel and J Street U. | Photo by David A.M. Wilensky As the rift between J Street U and Hillel continues to widen, J Street [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
In America, Jews come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and have a shared memory of oppression and violence throughout history. That's why, after the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead in Charleston, S.C., several rabbis from across denominations came together and determined [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in 2005. The man who stabbed six marchers yesterday had just finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing participants at the 2005 parade. | Supplied by Pato12seg [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in 2005. The ultra-Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at yesterday's event had recently finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for attempted murder after stabbing participants at the 2005 parade. | Supplied by Pato12seg [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsYesterday, I was reminded that the [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source