Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.

An American Jewish Identity Crisis July 25, 2012

Rabbi Irwin Kula shares his thoughts on Judaism’s place in American politics with the Between Two Worlds filmmakers when he says: "What I’ve learned from studying Jewish history, and what I’ve learned from watching how America has unfolded politically, is that the only thing I can say for sure is that Judaism doesn’t have a specific politics.

Rabbi Steve Greenberg on The Inner Struggles of Gay Orthodox Jews, Rabbis on Homosexualilty, and More July 23, 2012

Rabbi Steve Greenberg, along with several other people, talks about the inner struggles of Gay Orthodox Jews, rabbis on homosexualilty, and more. Hosted by Maureen Fiedler.

Will religion be a key factor in the election? June 5, 2012

Lauren Green hosts Rabbi Irwin Kula and Father Jonathan Morris as they discuss the importance of a candidate’s faith. View...

FoxNews.com LIVE, 6/1/12

Inclusion and Welcoming Criteria for Orthodox Synagogues May 8, 2012

On Welcoming Orthodox Synagogues
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to speak to young gay and lesbian people. I often ask them to dream with me about their futures. What sort of Jewish lives were sufficiently possible to hope for or to make happen? What did they need in order to make a traditional Jewish life possible for themselves?

What Is ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and Is it a Path to Political De-Polarization? May 3, 2012

"...[Craig] Hatkoff and Rabbi [Irwin] Kula argue that the key to forging greater understanding of one’s ideological opposite is through engendering a sense of sympathy for one another...Through new media platforms, it is possible, according to both Hatkoff and Kula, for people — be they subject matter experts or cultural icons — to share powerful, transformative narratives that effectively diffuse much of the polarization occurring in the nation today.

Confession? There's an app for that. April 12, 2012

Irwin Kula, of Clal, says that technology is helping to reawaken Americans’ spirituality, at The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Innovation 2012 event in Berkeley, California. View...

From The Ideas Economy from the Economist

LEAD Interns Learn about Leadership from Clal March 27, 2012

In the last month, Clal faculty met twice with a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The sessions, arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and are part of our ongoing work with LEAD.

19th Maccabiah Games -- Healthy Engagement March 14, 2012

"Maccabiah is one of the healthiest engagements with young people...in American Jewish life." says Rabbi Irwin Kula who has participated in the games in various capacities, including officiating as rabbi at many b’nei and b’not mitzvah ceremonies. Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes to represent the USA at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17-30, 2013.

The U.S. elections and its Jewish lessons February 28, 2012

"...Is there a way to see some benefit or truth in another’s views? Is it possible that our values are not all about being clearly right or wrong? Can you live in the possibility that truth is not a monopoly? And might this be a Jewish principle? Perhaps Judaism has wisdom for what is lacking in our public, on the divisive discussions that face society today? ..."
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A Spiritual Approach to Jewish Education January 11, 2012

"The public discourse about Jewish education reform has given birth to many innovative and often highly creative solutions to the Hebrew afternoon school of the twenty first century. We have been rewriting curriculum, revising textbooks, and restructuring the very foundation of synagogue learning. However, the Jewish community of educators and administrators have paid little attention to the heart and soul of good teaching: the teacher!..."

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