Rabbi Steven Burg

Rabbi Steven Burg

Rabbi Steven Burg is the OU’s managing director and international director of NCSY. His career with NCSY has spanned 20 years, bringing passionate Judaism to the lives of thousands of Jewish teenagers across the globe. He is also the founder of the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a network of 250 public high school clubs that reaches more than 15,000 unaffiliated Jewish teenagers.

NCSY: What’s New for 2011 and Beyond

September 21, 2011, by

Rosh Hashana is a time for new beginnings. In American culture, one might make a “New Year’s resolution” to quit smoking or lose weight. In Judaism, a similar though profoundly different concept exists. Rosh Hashana marks the start of the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, when all of our slates are wiped

Yachad Birthright: Pride and Reflections

June 21, 2011, by

I’ve seen a lot of inspirational sights in my life but most of them would pale in comparison to witnessing Yachad Birthright visit the Kotel. It is clear that there is no other organization in the world that could give these young men and women with disabilities this experience. From the coordination of Rabbi Dave

Civility: What the Sages Had to Say

January 25, 2011, by

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Tucson, “civility” is the word on everyone’s lips. This is ironic when one considers that civility is nowhere to be found in anyone’s actions. Each partisan faction is charging the other with hatred and violence. The rhetoric being bandied about is beyond ridiculous. Tom Lehrer once said,

Op-Ed: There’s No Place for Bullying in God’s World

October 20, 2010, by

This article first appeared October 17 in JTA I was saddened to hear of the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student driven to suicide by bullying over his sexual orientation. While Clementi’s case has grabbed national headlines, it sadly is far from unique. Last September alone, no fewer than six boys in the

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