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Social Entrepreneurship At JTS

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
Many universities encourage their students to perform community service, but for students at List College it comes with a twist. The school has begun offering the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which combines social justice internships with courses that put it into a Jewish perspective. The school is the undergraduate college of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rebecca Hammerman, assistant dean and director of the fellowship program, said the project was launched as a pilot in the spring.

Hitting The Charity Snack-Pot

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
For a mitzvah project leading up to her bat mitzvah three years ago at Temple B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre, L.I., Jenna Talesnick crocheted baby blankets for those in need. She liked helping others so much that it has now become a big part of her life. In her search for other projects, Talesnick learned of the Snack Wrap Program run by Rock and Wrap it Up!, a national, independent anti-poverty think tank based in Cedarhurst, L.I.

New JTS Focus on Pastoral Care

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
In meeting with Conservative rabbis from across the country who were ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, its chancellor, Arnold Eisen, found the “overwhelming majority” had been inadequately trained in pastoral care. At the same time, Eisen said, the rabbis said it was the “most rewarding part of their jobs — dealing with people at times of stress, end of life and serious illness.” “Rabbinical students who got this training said it was the most meaningful part of their education,” he said.

‘Shock And Awe’ As Fundraising Tool

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
As a reporter stands at the entrance of the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon awaiting the arrival of a medical helicopter, air raid sirens begin to wail and people begin running. “We may be facing another rocket attack,” she says just as a rocket, black smoke gushing from its tail, slams with a thud into the roof of the hospital behind her. “Oh, my God, oh, my God, what’s going on?” the reporter asks as she ducks and then runs with her microphone and cameraman into the hospital.

‘Never Too Big To Learn’

At L.I. assisted living facility, 14 residents discuss Bible stories and contemporary society.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah came alive recently for a group of 14 senior citizens who, in looking for parallels in today’s world, cited the cases of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former President Bill Clinton. Even Michelle Obama and her heritage became the subject of debate. The women, residents of the Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., were speaking of how Samson’s love for Delilah led him to reveal the secret of his superhuman strength.

Social Entrepreneurship At JTS

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
Many universities encourage their students to perform community service, but for students at List College it comes with a twist. The school has begun offering the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which combines social justice internships with courses that put it into a Jewish perspective. The school is the undergraduate college of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rebecca Hammerman, assistant dean and director of the fellowship program, said the project was launched as a pilot in the spring.

On The Flight Out

12/22/2009
Staff Writer

Haim Romano will be retiring at the end of this month after nearly five years as president of El Al, the national airline of Israel.
Romano, 55, said he would reveal his future plans next month. Retired Maj. Gen. Elyezer Shkedy, who commanded the Israeli Air Force from 2004 until 2008, was appointed by El Al’s board of directors to succeed him. 

Israel Settlement Funding Vote Sparks New Debate

Reform movement leader blasts money to outlying communities.

12/16/2009
Staff Writer

The Israeli cabinet’s vote Sunday to pour money into 91 outlying West Bank settlements has touched off a fierce debate here about the propriety of funneling resources into settlements that may be abandoned in a peace treaty.

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A Window Into Israel Views On Campus

Israel Project focus group with Harvard, MIT students seen as ‘horrifying’ by organizers. But a political scientist offers a more nuanced reading of Jewish students’ responses.

12/16/2009
Staff Writer

The Israel Project, a Washington-based Israel advocacy group, put 15 unsuspecting Jewish students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a small room with 20 non-Jewish classmates and prompted them to candidly discuss Israel, Palestinians and Iran.

Should anyone be surprised that the tone was strongly critical of Israeli policy and the pro-Israel lobby here, and that many of the Jewish participants did not rush to Israel’s defense?

Leaders of Conservative Judaism: ‘This Is Our Time’

United Synagogue, at biennial in New Jersey, seeks ‘bold change’ amid serious challenges.

12/09/2009
Staff Writer

Cherry Hill, N.J. — The most often heard words here this week at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism were “transform,” “transition” and “revitalize.”

 

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