"I don’t know about you, but there are times I feel swallowed up by the new technologies. Yet, whenever I try to take a break for a few days from surfing the Internet or from my Facebook or Twitter accounts, I wind up missing out on stuff happening not only in the world but in people’s lives – deaths, births, weddings, moves, new jobs, insights, stories – and I am terribly unnerved and uneasy as if I’m in exile from myself and not in the world..."
"It Won't Always Be This Great is a work of fiction, but it's such a detailed and crazy narrative that one could easily believe it to be true -- in a very Jewish Larry David sort of way. The concept of the book is that the narrator is sitting bedside at a hospital and retelling an elaborate story to his comatose friend. The outlandish story begins on a Friday night in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood where people stop driving on the streets at sundown for Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath...."
The question of whether or not to quarantine those returning from West Africa who have been caring for people with Ebola is in the forefront of many people’s minds. This is a question that has plagued man since Biblical times and that while the risk is real, so was the need for people to take care of one another.Watch Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com discuss the topic.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, founder and director of ConverJent incubated at Clal, as well as assistant professor of Interactive Games and Media at RIT and and an affiliate researcher with the RIT MAGIC Center has a new case study of Jewish Time Jump: NY featured in this new book. This book is perfect for any educator or designer seeking an introduction to research-driven best practices for using and designing games for learning.
Miami's New Theatre is delighted to present the Eastern Premiere of The Gospel According to Jerry by writing duo Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula. The Gospel According to Jerry runs from November 21 - December 14, 2014 4 at the beautiful, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, Florida 33189.
Penned by writing duo Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula, the play revolves around a life changing relationship between a Rabbi and Gospel singer where neither of them are able to move forward without the other's support. The Gospel According to Jerry received its World Premiere at the Minnesota Jewish Theater in April, 2011.
Richard Krevolin is a screenwriter, playwright, fiction author and has taught dramatic writing at USC, UCLA and UGA. He is the author of many books on storytelling and dramatic writing. His plays have been nominated for an Ovation Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been performed by David Proval, Ed Asner, Allen Arbus, Jean Smart, Mackenzie Phillips and Richard Kline. He recently wrote, directed and produced the documentary film, MAKING LIGHT IN TEREZIN, which will be on PBS in March, 2015.
Rabbi Irwin Kula inspires people worldwide by using Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life. He has worked with leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor and with institutions in Bhutan and Rwanda and across Europe and the United States to promote compassionate leadership. He is the author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (2006), creator of the acclaimed film, Time for a New God (2004), and the Public TV series Simple Wisdom (2003), and is the President of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com.
The play is directed by New Theatre Company member Stephen Neal and features a tour de force cast of Christina Alexander and John Manzelli. Production Team includes: Stephen E. Davis, Eric Nelson, Anton Church, Travis Neff, Geordan Gottlieb & TLC Events Group, Erik J. Rodriguez, Jennifer Lehr, Gabriel Bonilla & Eileen Suarez
Performances will take place on Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 1 pm and 5:30 pm. There will NOT be a Sunday 5:30 pm performance on November 23rd. General Admission tickets are: Advance tickets $26 and Same Day tickets $31. To purchase tickets visit smdcac.org or call the SMDCAC box office at 786-573-5300.
For more information, visit new-theatre.org.
"Mommy blogs and morning television are filled with a new debate. Are you a “Helicopter Parent” or a “No Rescue Parent”? The latter is a new term being touted as the antidote to the former..."
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"A Gadol, which in Hebrew means big or great, is a designation in Jewish wisdom for a creative sage who transcends boundaries of time and place. On Saturday a Gadol – Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cream – died at the age of 71.."
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"Has Apple taken us from 1984 to 2014 and back again? In what is considered one of the greatest commercials ever made, Apple Computer introduced the Mac to the world in 1984 during the Super Bowl running an ad that instantaneously changed the image of Apple forever..."
By Rabbi Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff from FORBES
On Wednesday evenings October 29th, November 5th, and 12th Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard along with eight other formidable rabbis and teachers will teach three week workshops such as Dr. Blanchard's "Existential Dialogue: The Complex Human Spirit of the Talmud — Cultural meaning-making is at the heart of both religion and spirituality.
"The leaders of one of the youth-led collectives in Ferguson, Millennial Activists United, have a ritual that they do before each protest, and when I first witnessed it during my five days as a rabbinical student in solidarity with them during the Ferguson Weekend of Resistance, it moved me to tears...."
By Sarah Barasch-Hagans, RWB Student Fellow, from Zeek