Leadership

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Clal's Groundbreaking Rabbis Without Borders Launches Rabbinic Service Corps September 2, 2015


Unique Initiative matches rabbis of all denominations with underserved Jewish Communities across the United States

Clal's Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) is a network of over 150 rabbis representing all the denominations in Judaism who are united in their values of pluralism, innovation and service to all. In line with their commitment to serve anyone anywhere, RWB is launching this High Holiday season the newly formed RWB Service Corps.

The American Jewish Scene: Training Visionary Spiritual Leaders September 2, 2015

"...At a time when the old models of synagogues are at risk and giving evidence of significant decline, CLI is training the next generation of rabbis to re-imagine Jewish spiritual communities and equipping them with the skills to create such communities...."

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By Rabbi Sid Schwarz from EJewish Philanthropy
Rabbi Schwarz is a senior fellow at CLAL and the Director of CLI.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Writing the Next Episode of Your Life August 28, 2015

"...We are about to engage in the emotional, memory-laden, future-seeking time-honored ritual of the annual rerun of our lives. We call it Cheshbon haNefesh – soul searching. Life review. A clearly distinct time set aside for us to look into our past actions and priorities and find there, in living color – just how we did meeting the goals we resolved to last year. What an incredibly powerful act of self-evaluation – and method of determination! A grand exercise of free will to become who we are meant to be!..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Elul of Victory and Defeat August 26, 2015

"...we are open and vulnerable to our missteps and willing to admit when we did wrong, but we don’t take time to celebrate our successes and victories. While we ask ourselves where we missed the mark and what aspects of ourselves do we need to improve, we must also ask ourselves, What did we accomplish this past year? When were our successes? When did our spiritual work of self-improvement pay off?..."

The Wisdom Daily: Jimmy Carter's Next Chapter August 26, 2015

"...There is no more powerful moment than being in the presence of, and holding the hand of, someone dying. There is no lying at the end of life. No one knows better than the person dying whether he or she has lived with purpose and meaning. And how one passes from this world to the next, with bitterness and resentment or grace and love, has much to do with how one lived in this world.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Good Decisions, Bad Consequences August 25, 2015

"...There are bad decisions, decisions for which information is available to warn us away from certain choices. If we ignore that information, we are culpable for those decisions and must atone. There are good decisions, for which we have knowledge that points us toward the best path. If we use that knowledge to make good decisions and benefit, we are to be congratulated. Sometimes, though, we do the best we can with the information we have, and a decision ends up being to our detriment.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What is Anger For? August 24, 2015

"...Some, though not all anger, is as monumental as the anger that emerged from the Holocaust. Most anger exists on a smaller scale. Sometimes anger is justified and others times not. But in all its forms, anger is an expression of our evil inclination and as such it has great destructive potential. Still it also has the potential for good. Anger can drive us to push for change, to protect ourselves and our communities.

The Wisdom Daily: Heroics on a Train Yield Lessons in Courage August 24, 2015

"...All three young Americans were remarkably modest and unassuming in their description of the events, as so many heroes often are. But I felt the words of 23-year-old Anthony Sadler (perhaps because he's ‘just’ a college student from California and not active military, like his buddies) really hit home: ‘Hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything... Don't just stand by and do nothing.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What Should Rabbis Be Speaking About on Rosh Hashanah? August 23, 2015

"...There is so much to speak about – pressing issues. And, this is the only time we will have such a large sanctuary; filled to overflowing. Where do the themes of the High Holy Days fit in?..."

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By Rabbi Steve Bayar, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Would Oliver Sacks Call Himself "Religious"? August 20, 2015

"...Oliver Sacks may still feel ambivalent about God and about Judaism, but Shabbat clearly adds a sense of wholeness to his life. And while many scientists are wary of religion, because God is not a provable or testable hypothesis, that’s the wrong way to approach the question. If we are looking for a hypothesis to test, perhaps we should ask, ‘Can this practice enhance my life?’ That’s the true test of what religion can do."

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