The Big Book of Women Rabbis: Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu Contributes to Writing "The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate" July 14, 2016

"Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, who heads Rabbis Without Borders for Clal, is one of the Conservative rabbis who wrote for ‘The Sacred Calling.’ Her chapter focuses on her movement's decision to ordain women, which followed Rabbi Priesand's 1972 ordination and the Reconstructionist Rabbi Sandy Sasso's in 1974 by more than a decade...Rabbi Sirbu thinks that the concept of ‘the rabbi as symbolic exemplar’ is a subject under discussion right now, at least in part because women's leadership o

The Wisdom Daily: The Seductive Appeal of Righteous Indignation July 14, 2016

"Battle lines are being drawn almost everywhere in the public realm. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a number of representatives recently staged a sit-in on the floor of the House, protesting the lack of progress on an important issue. In response, House leaders turned off the cameras and microphones, blocking public access to the actions (or inactions) of their elected representatives.

The Wisdom Daily: The Curse of Loyalty and its Blessing July 13, 2016

"I am a Chicago cubs fan, I admit it. Actually, this season – at least so far – it doesn’t take great courage to admit that. The Cubbies are playing great baseball this season. On the other hand, it’s not even mid-July, and this is the Cubs we are talking about, so…. But even if you are not a sports fan, keep reading, because this post isn’t only about sports. It’s about broken hearts, loyalty, what counts as a “win” and why...."

Ivy League Advisor Conference Held at the Clal Offices July 13, 2016

Ivy League Advisor in tandem with the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and the Disruptor Foundation are pleased to announce once again, our unique innovative leadership program this summer July 25-29, 2016 to be held in New York City. This unique program targets middle and high school students (Grades 8-12) who are looking to discover themselves, develop their leadership skills, critical thinking, analytic skills and aiming to enhance themselves to become a strategic thinker in life.

The Wisdom Daily: “Rationalia” Would be 1/3 of a Great Place to Live July 11, 2016

"I love Neil de Grasse Tyson.He’s funny, he’s smart, and he makes science understandable and exciting.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Is Prayer An Effective Response To Crisis? July 11, 2016

"So many dead in racial violence in one short, chaotic week. Dear Lord. Dear Lord. Whose heart isn't breaking?
Some people know exactly how to respond – but I don’t. As a religious and spiritual person, I’m moved to pray. But is prayer an effective response to crisis? Of course it depends what kind of prayer we have in mind...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: How to Fall on Your Face: The Spiritual Art of Leadership July 7, 2016

"This post is for you if you ever felt small after receiving critique or challenge, or that a leadership burden is too heavy, or that no good deed goes unpunished. (Essentially, this post is for everyone.) And of course, this post is for me and my own roles in government, congregational life and a national nonprofit organization. If we teach what we most need to learn, then this post is especially for me...."

The Wisdom Daily: It's Okay to Love a Tortoise July 7, 2016

"...Himmelman writes, “We love the things and ideas that we give our time and attention to. Or more simply, we love what we give our love to.” In other words, and often contrary to what we have been taught, we don’t love people and things and therefore, shower them with our time, attention and affection. It’s actually the opposite. We shower them with our time, attention and affection and, over time, we come to love them.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: 5 Summer Reading Recommendations June 27, 2016

"Summer is here. The sun is high and hot, the days are long. All I want to do is sit back and relax with a good book. What to read? –Nothing too weighty but still something that will keep my interest. I asked around and these are the summer reads my rabbi friends recommend and my notes on why they make my list! Let me know if you have others I should add to my list...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Beginning of the End June 26, 2016

"The summer months usher in vacations from school and shul. We tend to lose the weekly Torah portions from Shavuot (early June) through the High Holy Days. Thus we lose the dog days of the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy; Israel's trudging through the wilderness in search of the Promised Land. In doing so, we also lose some of the most valuable lessons brought about from the narrative...."

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