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We Must Bring the Backyard Experience Into the Shul instead of the Shul Experience into the Backyards

December 24, 2020, by

Responding to the challenges that many smaller Orthodox Jewish shuls are experiencing in engaging and growing their communities during the pandemic, the Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue & Community Services recently convened rabbinic and lay leadership from more than 21 smaller Orthodox communities to virtually discuss and collaborate on strategies

Running a Jewish Day School Just Got a Lot More Expensive — and Parents Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Paying the Price

August 20, 2020, by

The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult to expect parents alone to bear the huge costs of educating their children. During the past few months, online instruction has become our new normal. This critical innovation has salvaged our children’s education, but it’s inferior to in-person instruction and requires a higher level of parental

Jersey City Shooting is Another Ugly Moment of anti-Semitism that Needs to Stop

December 12, 2019, by

Anti-Semitism has been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its manifestations both in the United States and abroad are alarming for a new reason: the degree to which the mainstream of civil society — politicians, media, academics, public intellectuals — has seemingly tolerated, without loud and sustained outcry,

Us, Tonya

January 16, 2018, by

Here’s an odd little tidbit: Nancy Kerrigan is one of my heroes. This is an unusual statement for a variety of reasons. First of all, I care precious little for sports in general. I don’t watch the Olympics. If I were to rank all the sports that I don’t care about, figure skating would probably

Lorde Giveth, Lorde Taketh Away

January 4, 2018, by

It’s been big news: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor – the singer more popularly known as Lorde – canceled a planned concert in Israel because of flak she had been receiving from fans. Reaction has been mixed. On the one hand, the Forward ran an op-ed entitled “Thank You, Lorde, For Standing Up For Palestinian Human