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?

Op-Ed: Ordaining cantors is mostly good for congregations May 7, 2012

"Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in New
York. The key word here is ‘ordained’..."

By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, an RWB Fellow, from the JTA, 5/7/12

'Prior Claims' by Janet R. Kirchheimer May 3, 2012

Sometimes I want to be a southern girl,
to speak with vowels slow as honey,
to have legs long and lean,
to wear Wrangler boot cut jeans...." More...
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from Midstream Magazine, Spring 2012

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.

"Illusion of Influence" May 3, 2012

Leviticus: Tazria/Metzora — (5772)— "As many of us look to gain meaning from Jewish rituals and observances, perhaps there is no time more exciting or more innovative than the present.

Did Dan Savage bully Christians? April 30, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Dan Savage recently spoke at a high school journalism conference on bullying, but the students may have gotten more than they bargained for when his speech turned to his critique of the Bible.

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 4/30/12

Brad Hirschfield on Fox's Spirited Debate: John Edwards -- a sinner? April 27, 2012

Brad Hirschfield joined Lauren Green on Live’s "Spirited Debate," to discuss the John Edward’s trial — is he a sinner or a criminal? View... LIVE, 4/27/12

Irwin Kula at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25, 2012

On April 27, Irwin Kula will participate in the Tribeca Film Festival’s prestigious Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. The Awards honor the leading disruptive innovators who’ve made an impact in the worlds of business, technology, arts, and entertainment. Honorees this year will include Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chairman of Twitter and John Wood Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read. The event will be held at the NYU Stern School of Business, Tisch Hall, 40 West Fourth Street, in New York City.

Defense: John Edwards a sinner, not a criminal April 25, 2012

"John Edwards is ‘a man who has committed many sins but no crimes.’ That was the recent line from the defense at his trial, and true or not, it’s both a heartening and disturbing claim..."

Remembering the Holocaust April 24, 2012

Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer talks about her family's story and reads from her moving book of poetry, How to Spot One of Us, on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Connecticut Style,
From WTNH, 4/19/12

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