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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
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Why I Oppose Cremation

One Conservative rabbi shares his reasons for opposing cremation.

by Adam J. Raskin | Leave a Comment
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An Israel Bond

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

by Deborah Fineblum | Leave a Comment
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.