Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
In Central Europe today Budapest has the largest Jewish community, with 22 synagogues and prayer houses, secondary schools, a hospital, and two homes for the elderly. But what does it mean to be Jewish living in this historic city and how has the community fared?
"...‘Compassionate leadership is leadership that is always learning from the side they disagree with,’ Kula said. ‘So how does one bring together openness and deep commitment (to one’s personal views)?’....
By Laura McCrystal from The Chautauquan Daily, 7/9/10
"...The Sisterhood, a Forward blog devoted to what it describes as "women's issues, has published its own list of 50 influential rabbis to parallel the one featured for the last four years in Newsweek. And like all such lists, the composers and the criteria they use are actually far more interesting than the people on the list - and I have been on Newsweek's since its inception..."
When we remember the past, is it in ways that are painful and stop us from moving forward, or do we take those lessons and use them to find greater meaning and purpose in life? The Triumphant Spirit, a piercingly beautiful book of photographs and personal stories of survivors, looks at that question again and again, always affirming life, creating hope, and celebrating the human spirit. Newly released and reprinted by Clal in partnership with acclaimed photojournalist Nick Del Calzo, the book challenges us to remember one of the darkest times in history while embracing the future.
"Rabbi Irwin Kula, a leading thinker in the field of religious pluralism, shares his insights about the effects and causes of unemployment in religious institutions and communities...[Kula says} ‘It turns out the existing religious, synagogue/church business model is not going to be sustainable. We’re going to have closures like GM dealerships over the next decade.’"
"...I miss a man who walked out of the Holocaust and instead of giving in to either fear or the perspective that Jews should simply do as they will because the world will hate us anyway (based on the principle of Numbers 23:9 of being a people that dwells apart and pays no attention to other nations), he taught the sacredness of every life. That he did so to thousands of students, many of whom sit at the highest levels of religious and academic life in both Israel and abroad, only adds to his greatness..."
"More than 100 gay and lesbian Jewish leaders recently wrapped up a meeting in Berkeley, Calif., to develop a unified agenda for gay rights within American Judaism. Rabbi Steven Greenberg, who's often called the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, was among them...."
"Independence is an illusion. Maybe it worked from the 1700s to the 20th century, but not now. The spiritual truth is that all of life is interdependent."
Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Fox News for an in-depth look on the meaning of Independence Day and why it should be renamed "Interdependence Day."
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Kula raised two fundamental questions: What does it mean to be a Jew? And how do we help keep Judaism alive and thriving?...Today’s tolerant society...has thrown Judaism for a loop.