Time for minyan

There’s the Forward 50 — a listing of the 50 most influential Jews; Newsweek’s top 100 rabbis; and New York Jewish Week’s 36 under 36. JTA even names the 100 most influential Jewish tweeters. So, two years ago, we decided to get in the annual list game. We decided to create a minyan. We purposefully… Read More

Family, forever

Thanksgiving is my mom’s holiday. My aunt had Passover and when my uncle passed away, my cousins took over. We considered rotating it among all the cousins, but it somehow didn’t feel right under anyone else but the direct descendents of my aunt and uncle. Which means one day, I will host Thanksgiving. I don’t… Read More

Light the way

Chanukah, Hanukkah, Khanukah, however you spell it, used to be so much more fun. I would spend weeks thinking of presents to make for my family (this was when I was a child and my only option was homemade). When I had young children, I would spend time purchasing eight perfect presents and thinking of… Read More

Marrying Jewish

It was a gorgeous Saturday. Approximately 20 sets of fathers and sons gathered in my neighborhood’s community clubhouse to celebrate a father-son Shabbat. This weekend was BBYO’s Global Shabbat and chapters around the world were asked to host a special Shabbat program. (Be sure to check out photos from the D.C. Council chapter events on… Read More

Netanyahu To GA: ‘Security’

Security. This was the only message that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered to a crowd of more than 2,000 people on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the opening plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 people at this year’s JFNA GA. The… Read More

Exclusive Briefing: JAFI’s Misha Galperin On New Program To Ignite Stronger Diaspora-Israeli Connection

With change there is always opportunity, said Debs Weinberg of Baltimore at a morning session run by the Jewish Agency for Israel. And Weinberg’s message was one that will become increasingly more relevant as JAFI, working with the government of Israel and nonprofits from across the world, works to better engage young (between the ages… Read More

‘Pew Possibilities’

I was particularly struck by Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s CEO, Steve Rakitt’s “Voices” column this week (Page 17). It contrasts with a sermon I heard this past Shabbat while I was attending a family bar mitzvah out of town. The rabbi there mentioned the “Pew” study while pinching his nose. Yes, the results stink,… Read More