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For College Students, Winter Break in Jerusalem

The future of Judaism depends on Jewish knowledge, says Rabbi Loren Sykes, and specifically, giving more young people the chance to acquire it.


Powerful Voice for Schechter Schools Retires

You may not know her name, but a major force behind the Solomon Schechter day schools is retiring in June.

Inclusion for All

Hineinu is an innovative new collaboration of disability professionals from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, and Reform movements who will share resources with the hope of increasing inclusion in our synagogues for people of all abilities.

Israel Studies for JTS Students

Starting this fall, graduate students at the Jewish Theological Seminary will have the chance to immerse themselves in the history, literature, culture and politics of Israel, thanks to a new partnership between JTS and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

News & Features

What Freedom?

Conventional wisdom holds that the Passover seder is a celebration of our liberation from slavery in Egypt. But the Hagaddah really has a different agenda.

by Rabbi Judah Kogen | Leave a Comment
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The Minyan Maker

Those who come regularly to minyan form a club with open membership, and each new arrival ensures the club’s existence into the future.

by Saul Golubcow | Leave a Comment

CJ Bookshelf: Spring 2014

Even if you have never seen a page of Talmud, you will find something of interest and accessible in Ruth Calderon’s newly translated book, A Bride for One Night.

by Beth Kissileff | Leave a Comment
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Mixed Blessings

Faced with rising rates of intermarriage, Conservative leaders are searching for new ways to keep interfaith families in the fold. The question is, what exactly should they do?

by Michael Schulson | Leave a Comment

The Conversion Option

There’s a range of opinions on how much to push conversion to Judaism and when.

by Michael Schulson | 4 Comments

Interfaith Conversations – and Why They Matter

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: According to most definitions, I’m not in an interfaith marriage. Not anymore.

by Melissa Cohen | Leave a Comment

Too Long a Wait

It’s time to make converting to Judaism a less daunting process.

by Darcy Fryer | 3 Comments
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Something to Believe In

For Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Judaism carries an ancient wisdom while at the same time is constantly renewing itself. The God Artson describes is a God of connection and hope.

by Rabbi Elianna Yolkut | Leave a Comment

Raising Ruth’s Daughters

Israelis who have converted, or whose mothers or grandmothers converted, face especially daunting identity issues.

by Jessica Fishman | Leave a Comment

Rice and Beans and Corn, Oh My!

On Passover, these foods remain out of bounds for Ashkenazim, but a rabbinic panel is examining the ban.

by Rabbi Paul Plotkin | Leave a Comment

Can the Conservative Movement Play Moneyball?

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.

Choose Jewish

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.

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Reading My Children

From the moment of my new baby’s arrival, I found myself making the mistake I swore I never would: comparing his every move, cry or yawn to that of his sister’s.


A View From the Driver’s Seat: USY on Wheels

Five staff, one driver, and 48 kids have boarded this vessel of learning, leadership, and engagement for the last 53 years. This is no ordinary summer camp experience but something extraordinary that every Jewish teen in North America needs to be aware of. This is USY on Wheels.


Rebuilding and Rejoicing in New Orleans: International Convention 2013