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Deborah Wechsler

Judgment Day

What one rabbi learned about the High Holidays by spending time in criminal court.

by Rabbi Deborah Wechsler | Leave a Comment

The College Tour: Finding the Right Jewish Mix

Choosing a college is also about choosing a community for the next four years.

by Beth Kissileff | Leave a Comment

Why I Oppose Cremation

One Conservative rabbi shares his reasons for opposing cremation.

by Adam J. Raskin | Leave a Comment

An Israel Bond

Congregations use grants to create innovative programs connecting their communities to the Jewish State

by Deborah Fineblum | Leave a Comment

CJ Bookshelf – Fall 2014

This issue’s reviews include The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The December Project, Storm, and Suddenly, Love.

by Lisa Silverman | Leave a Comment

The Koufax Midrash

A sports fanatic, who happens to be a rabbi, wants to know where Sandy Koufax was when he wasn’t playing in the World Series.

by Rabbi Jeremy Fine | Leave a Comment

The Broken and the Whole

After a shattering blow, a rabbi finds a new way of understanding the term “quality of life.”

by Rabbi Charles Sherman | Leave a Comment

Talmud is Fun!

Best-selling author Maggie Anton thinks more Jews should wade into the sea of Talmud.

by Beth Kissileff | Leave a Comment
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Taking the Long-Short Path

Nativ is an Israel gap year program that pays dividends down the road

by Yossi Garr | Leave a Comment

Students Reignite Conservative Flame

by Liat Deener-Chodirker, Katie Hamelburg, Aryeh Kalender, Ilan Layman, and Danielle Leopold | Leave a Comment

Don’t Forget to Ask Why

by Bob Leventhal

While “the what” of an object or experience can be important, don’t forget to share “the why” – the vision and purpose informing it.

Why I Whisper in Shul

by Jodi S. Rosenfeld

We need to show up at synagogue in order for there to be enough of us to hold a service. But we might also think of it this way: we need to show up in order for there to be enough of us to hold each other.


Can the Conservative Movement Play Moneyball?

by Rabbi Joshua Rabin

If the committed core of the Conservative Movement believes that we can make a brighter future for ourselves and the Jewish people, then we need to figure out how to separate what we know versus what we think, and use data to develop a strategy to win the future.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University

Kehilla Permaculture

by Kathy Elias

Permaculture is a way of looking at the environment holistically, and working with, rather than against, the natural systems that already exist on a site. There are two things about permaculture that attracted my attention because they’re so common sense that they apply to our kehillot – sacred communities – as well.

Choose Jewish

by Rabbi Nicole Guzik

It is such a gift when I hear my conversion students affirm their Jewish beliefs, dip in the waters of the mikveh, and proudly recite the Sh’ma for the first time. In a way, I’ll admit, I even find myself a bit envious.