Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
"...What would it mean to embrace the importance of expressing gratitude and hope, the substance of most prayers in virtually all traditions, without resorting to any specific tradition or prescribed form of expression?..."
"The second of three programs initiated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey to model communal unity was held Jan. 30 at the Bergen County YJCC in Washington Township. Questions drafted by moderator Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, a Teaneck resident who is a faculty member of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, had been distributed to the panelists in advance...."
"The time has come for a National Jewish Coming Out Day. The fast of Esther may seem a bit austere for such a commemoration, but actually it possesses a potent acknowledgment of the fears and the dangers of those in the closet and holds a place for the confusion and disruption that the coming out of a loved one can have for family and friends....."
Let’s not pretend our differences aren’t challenging, says Rabbi Irwin Kula. Interfaith harmony really means learning how to handle the ambivalence, the anger, the messiness, the complexity, the anxiety and the turbulence that is part of what it means to be human beings together on the planet. View video here...
"...People want many things from president, and agreement on the issues is not all they want...Among those things is the sense that the president is simultaneously ‘one of us’ and also a representation of what we want to be...."
On Sunday, March 6 through Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in St. Louis, Professionals working for Jewish organizations around the country will come together for high-level training at the first JProStl conference. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will be the keynote speaker.
"...In reflecting on this week's [Torah] reading, Rabbi [Lord Jonathan] Sacks notes what generations of commentators have observed — the striking phrase which acknowledges that having built a sacred sanctuary for God, God will dwell not in it, but ‘among them’ — the people who built it. Buildings and other concrete manifestations may help us to find our paths to God, but they are not where God is found, at least not according to the God of Exodus...."
Aaron David Miller, Ph.D., a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, gave a special briefing to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows this morning. RWB Fellows engaged with Dr. Miller and benefited from his insights on the situation in Egypt and Tunisia as well as similarly poised regimes in the Middle East.
Steven Greenberg was a 20-year–old Orthodox rabbinic student from Ohio, studying in Jerusalem, when he realized his affections were "ripping me apart."...
"...And while it's easy to wax eloquent about the "democracy movement" coalescing in Egypt, it's not clear that what that movement will bring in its wake, should it be successful in ridding the nation of Hosni Mubarak, will necessarily be better than what Egypt has had for the past 30 years..."