Reflections

A Memorial on Rabbi Steven Shaw z”l as a Founder of CLAL 

by Irwin Kula • November 5, 2019

Rabbi Steve Shaw z”l, one of the most creative and influential Jewish communal leaders of the last five decades passed away last week at the age of 76. Steve together with Elie Wiesel z”l and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg co-founded Clal in 1974.  Yitz, the first and long-time President of Clal offers a powerful memorial note about […]


We Remember Them…

by Irwin Kula • August 22, 2019

From Rabbi Irwin Kula’s Wisdom Daily Piece in memory of September 11th, published September 11, 2014   As we observe the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we feel a range of emotions. We feel sad and heartbroken for those who lost loved ones. We are grateful, if not surprised that there have been no terrorist attacks on […]


Mission To Morocco

by Irwin Kula • November 13, 2018

Recently, I served as a scholar in residence on a week- long mission to Morocco with the senior leadership of the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The mission met with leadership of the Moroccan Jewish community (including Jackie Kadosh the president of Marrakech’s 2,000 member, pictured above), visited Jewish schools and learned about the rich […]


Rabbi Brad Hirschfield On How To Bring Peace After Tragedy

by Clal News • November 8, 2018

Brad has, thank God, been able to spread his message of peace and plurality in a moment where it is is perhaps easier to rise to anger and frustration. He has been on FOX Business, and a few other outlets, but I found this recent episode of Bold TV to be incredibly powerful. From beginning […]


Clal Mourns with the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh

by Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula • October 29, 2018

With broken hearts and open arms, we mourn with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and with all the good people of our nation who mourn the brutal terror attack which took 11 lives and left 6 or more injured at Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life Synagogue during yesterday’s Shabbat morning services. We have reached out […]


A Meeting With Clay Christensen

by Irwin Kula • October 25, 2018

Irwin Kula, Clal’s president, reflects on a recent meeting with Clayton Christensen, the founder of the theory of disruptive innovation.


Rabbi Irwin Kula Reflects On Pluralism After Clal’s Trip To Aspen

by Irwin Kula • August 8, 2018

As America’s polarization grows, Rabbi Irwin Kula reflects on how a recent trip to Aspen with Clal’s board became an opportunity to explore and understand this troubling situation and how to address it.