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 Numbers Man

August 8, 2007, by

“I’m a numbers man,” he said the first time I met him, “Always have been, always will be. I live by the numbers. If you want to know what I think about a deal, don’t talk about location, and don’t tell me about the bricks. Just show me the numbers.” So for seven years I

A Yerushah (of things large and small)

June 14, 2007, by

You know you’ve finally made it in America when you sit down with an estate attorney to draft something called a Last Will and Testament. That’s the document detailing all kinds of things, large and small, that you leave as an inheritance to those who are near and dear. Usually it’s various sums of money,

To Die For

April 19, 2007, by

There’s a popular cross-cultural expression that’s floating around, and it has a variety of uses. If you say something is “to-die-for,” it’s the same as saying “great” or “fantastic.” If a person is “to-die-for,” it shows a level of affection. And if a place is “to-die-for,” then by all means, you simply must travel there.

Yashar, Yashar, Yashar

March 2, 2007, by

Question: What is the most important thing to keep in mind if you get lost in Israel? Answer: Yashar, yashar, yashar* There’s a man in my life that I’m trying to break up with. But, come to think of it, I haven’t much experience in such matters. Most men in my life seem to come