Some years ago, the immediate past Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Ismar Schorch, publicly called for the elimination of the office of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbinate in Israel. If memory serves me correctly, the New York Times called him on it, referring to his suggestion as rash and impolitic. At the time, I agreed.
But I have to admit, Rabbi Schorch's suggestion is looking better to me by the day.
Daniel Hillel, 81, of New York and Zichron Yaakov, Israel, has been awarded the 2012 World Food Prize for his collaborative work that revolutionized the field of irrigation. The award honors efforts to fight global hunger and was created by American Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Peter Joseph is chairman of the Israel Policy Forum, an American organization that serves as the centrist voice promoting a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and strengthening Israel’s security. After a 2009 merger with the Center for American Program in Washington, D.C., didn’t work out, the IPF is now being revived as an organization. Prominent supporters include Reform leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Rep. Gary Ackerman, Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and philanthropist Charles Bronfman.
Once upon a time, you had to wait until summer to re-connect with your camp buddies. Now e-mail, Facebook and Skype make year-round contact quick and easy. And soon, with Ramah 365, a new app being developed by the international network of Conservative movement summer camps, die-hard camp enthusiasts will be able to interact all year from their mobile devices.
The app — funded with a $59,000 grant from the Covenant Foundation — is the brainchild of two Ramah employees: Rabbi Amiel Hersh, 30, and Dana Levinson, 24.
Allison Schulman Stamm is pregnant with her first child, but she’s already an expert on the teen years. Youth director at Temple Sinai of Roslyn Heights, a Reform congregation on Long Island, Schulman Stamm, 29, is one of five professionals receiving the Jewish Education Project’s inaugural Young Pioneers Award.