Joyce Schur

Beauty is False

September 13, 2011, by

A Friday night, a “Woman of Valor” and a table of family and friends check the tears and remind her that true beauty lies far beyond the grasp of chemotherapy; it lies within.

The Tuition Crisis: A Personal Reflection

September 6, 2011, by

The word “tuition” may not have preceded the word “crisis”, but the circumstances were so similar and the consequences so identical that it’s probably worth a lead-in… In the late 1980s, the U.S. was experiencing a devastating economic downturn. With only one school age child at the time, and because luxury lifestyle choices took a

The Jewish Heritage Experience

August 16, 2011, by

In retrospect, a lot has been said and written about enhancing the Tisha B’Av experience. For many of us the “loss” of our holy places is very abstract; we know that historically we’ve suffered national catastrophes, but feeling it on a personal level is another matter. For that reason, and for many years running, the

Rebel With a Cause

August 2, 2011, by

I’m going back to the 70s and a wicked winter in St. Paul, Minnesota. Winters in St. Paul can be brutal, especially if you’re a teen from another saint-city that’s over 500 miles further south. The trek from St. Louis to St. Paul meant a Greyhound bus all-nighter for the thirty of us who wanted

Is a Woman’s Place in the (Kosher) Kitchen?

July 6, 2011, by

A recent Jewish Week article, “A Woman’s Place is in the (Kosher) Kitchen” by Amy Spiro caught plenty of attention. When Donyel Meese, a pre-med undergraduate and NCSY alumnus, was offered student employment in kashrut supervision (Ohio State University’s Hillel Cafe), she first consulted her Rabbi regarding halachic issues. It’s a common misconception that a

About Face, About Facebook

March 30, 2011, by

In military jargon, whenever the drill sergeant commands his troops to do an “about face”, he’s instructing the formation to pivot clockwise 180 degrees. I only mention this because a favorite Jerusalem relative recently did an about-face about Facebook and commanded his “troops” (his children, who are my nieces and nephews), to shut down their

The Joseph Prototype; Justin Bieber’s Jewish Manager, Scooter Braun

February 16, 2011, by

When the Orthodox Union was approached with an invitation to interview Justin Bieber’s Jewish manager, it seemed like an absurd stretch. Yes, the timing was impeccable because of the Grammy Awards. Yes, Bieber had been scheduled to perform in Israel and attend a Passover Seder. Yes, the movie “Never Say Never” was set to open

Catch a Rising Star

February 16, 2011, by

For numerous charitable organizations faced with challenges during these difficult economic times, one of the most interesting publications around is FundRaising Success magazine. Established in 2003, the publication’s goal is straightforward: provide nonprofits with the most useful and pertinent information, strategies, and expert advice to help them generate the necessary fund-raising revenues to fulfill their

Never Again, or Alive and Well at Rutgers?

February 2, 2011, by

Thirty-three years after the collapse of Nazi Germany, Jews were alive and well in America. I was fresh out of college at the time, facing a rotten US economy and having a tough time finding job opportunities. When a suburban Temple’s Hebrew high school program offered a teaching position despite the awkwardness of my being

Tucson’s Trifecta Affects Us

January 12, 2011, by

Health care, politics, and religion formed Tucson’s trifecta of loss earlier this week when a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd outside of a Safeway supermarket. The shooting spree, which targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, resulted in the deaths of six people including U.S. District Judge John Roll and Congressional Aide Gabe Zimmerman. Giffords remains

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