Make Way For ‘Earthodoxy’

A new effort to support spiritual communities is fueled by those on the communal fringes.

03/30/2016 - 08:31
Editor and Publisher

In early March, Sid Schwarz, a rabbi and social entrepreneur, brought together 60 creative Jewish activists from around the country to test a theory of his.

Gary Rosenblatt

Rabbis, Academics In New Partnership

In a first, Clal and UPenn team up to bring ivory tower ideas to Jews in the pews.

11/10/2015 - 19:00
Managing Editor

The ivory tower and the synagogue near you could hardly be more different.

In one, solitary postdoctoral fellows pore over ancient texts in search of often arcane, though potentially transformative, knowledge; for instance, the “emotional, embodied experience of prayer” in the Qumran community, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Scholar Eva Mroczek leads a session on prayer in ancient Israel. Courtesy of Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Hillel Is Not The Place For Anti-Israel Discussion

03/25/2014 - 20:00

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, a senior fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), and author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013), is someone I deeply respect. However, his latest Opinion essay (“Limiting Debate on Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” The Jewish Week, Feb. 4) is a perspective that, if acted upon, has the potential to actually hurt our community.

SNAP: A Bill's Passage Jeopardizes 70 Million Meals For The City's Hungry

02/05/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Food is love, at least according to many observers of Jewish life.  Whether or not food really is synonymous with love, having it or not having it is a very big deal in our tradition. And as the issue of hunger takes a place on our nation’s stage to the tune of billions of dollars, that is something to which we might all pay more than a bit of attention.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld

Study: Jewish Giving Is Strong, But Worries Down The Road

09/01/2013 - 20:00
Editor & Publisher

On the surface the major findings of the just-released National Study of American Jewish Giving are encouraging, indicating that Jews have one of the highest levels of charity of any group in America, contributing generously to both Jewish and non-Jewish causes.

Touch-Screen Time Travel In The Park

Groundbreaking mobile GPS game brings New York Jewish history to the iPad generation.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

On a warm Sunday morning last month in Washington Square Park, parents were leisurely pushing strollers, sunbathers were strewn about on the grass, and people of all ages were lounging on the wooden benches and sipping coffee.

Not checking their e-mail: sixth-graders play Jewish Time Jump. Photo courtesy Converjent

Pope Benedict Is Principled, Frustrating

02/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the wake of his resignation.

Video Haggadahs

There are thousands of Passover Haggadahs that have been published throughout the world. And with the increasing popularity of the Internet, new forms of haggadot are being created each year.

This year's Passover, which concluded a few short days ago, saw the return of the Facebook Haggadah as well as some attempts at using Twitter to create a Passover Tweder.

CLAL’s Kula - Ripple In Still Water

09/19/2007 - 20:00
Associate Editor
There’s a holiness in the world. “We’ve been disconnected from the idea of it, particularly from the idea that there are holy leaders,” says Rabbi Irwin Kula, referring to the “we” who believe in modernity as much, if not more, than Scripture itself. But this is the season, nestled within the Days of Awe, the chill of Ecclesiastes, the frequency of Yizkor, when even the most modern of souls feels autumnal, humbled by the absence of certitude rather than emboldened by certitude’s absence, as skeptics of religion often are.
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