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Judy Leavitt holding a Torah for her Bat Mitzvah

Whatever our age, we must never stop learning; the quest for lifelong learning is vital. We can use the knowledge to better ourselves and to understand the world to decide how we must act.

Judith Kline Leavitt
Holocaust transport train on tracks

Whispers grow of a stealthy increase in “Holocaust fatigue” among all the generations. What is required is resetting of the narrative reset.

Arthur B. Shostak, PhD
Preschooler looking at hanukkiyah with unlit candles in it

Now that my daughter is in preschool, I've come to realize that hearing about cultural and religious practices directly from the practitioners only emphasizes our otherness.

Courtney Naliboff
Sharpened pencil sitting on a blank notebook surrounded by pencil shavings

For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.

Sarah Koffler
Two smiling young women wearing white lace dresses at an outdoor Shabbat service

Each time I go to camp, I learn lessons that you don’t have to be a “camp kid” to understand.

Rabbi Dusty Klass
Hanging kitchen utensils

The rabbis of Pirkei Avot bring us four kinds of students, and the Mishnah goes on to compare each one to a different kitchen utensil.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Arial view of Masada

Freedom is the frame through which Aretha Franklin’s “Think,” is remembered, just as freedom is the lens through which we see our past.

 

Uri M. Feinberg
Front of a classroom with a large chalkboard and an empty teachers desk with a laptop and school supplies

I am a living, breathing example of what the ADA can do for public school students in need of services. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, share my story. It's not one in a million. It's one of millions.

Alexandra Gilbert

I often use the imagery of a bullseye when teaching young children the complicated concepts related to the High Holidays and Yom Kippur. Each day when we try to do our best, it’s like we’re aiming for the center of the bullseye. But sometimes we say something that hurts someone a friend’s feelings, or we do something unkind to a loved one. That’s when we land on an outer ring and miss the mark.

Emily Fox
Girl Scout with her badges

Scouting promotes so many values we want for our daughter: love of nature, respect for the environment, equality and teamwork, and responsibility for our fellow humans. Judaism, of course, imparts these same teachings.

Lauren and Jonathan Theodore

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