Category Archives: A Wider Diaspora

Creativity by Critique: The Unseen Force Behind Innovation

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May 6, 2010

Joshua Ellison
There is nothing that makes me feel as alive as walking the streets of a new city — with a notebook, a map, and a camera — waiting for a portrait to take shape out of color and sound, clamor and empty space, concrete and stone and sky. What started as a way to explore my own identity has become the central act of expressing my identity. More »

Israel and America: A Roundtable on Deepening the Dialogue

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May 6, 2010

Israel and America: A Round Table
One of the frustrations in the relationship is that we seem to miss each other in terms of a connection. There seems to be a greater willingness on the part of many Israelis today to take the Diaspora seriously; they have a keen interest in a real partnership, which of course was not true in the 60s and 70s.  This new openness is coming at a time when much of the Diaspora, much of American Jewry, is losing its interest and maybe its love for Israel. More »

A Sense of Belonging

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May 6, 2010

Mirta Kupferminc Some of the most significant things that shaped my life occurred before I was born. I am a visual artist, and my work is deeply related to Jewish identity — to who I am and where I live. I was born in Argentina as the youngest daughter of immigrants (father from Poland and More »

Smashing my Father’s Idols

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May 6, 2010

Ruby Namdar Long ago, in a land far away called Uhr Kasdim, lived a curious young boy named Avram. It is evening. The frenzy of dinner-rush-and-wash-and-brush is behind us, and now we bask in the dimly lit intimacy of bedtime and engage in our beloved ritual of retelling Bible stories, midrashim, and legends. The girls More »

Teaching Kashrut

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May 6, 2010

Yonah Bookstein When I was studying for smikha, I asked my mentor, Rabbi Haskel Besser, “Why do I spend years studying the laws of kashrut? After all, most Jews don’t salt and soak their own meat anymore. And when did someone recently use a dried udder to make cheese? Shouldn’t I spend time on more More »

Discussion Guide – A Wider Diaspora

May 6, 2010

1. To what extent are American Jews — like Americans in general — disengaging from foreign affairs, from anything beyond their borders, from anything conducted in another language, and how does this phenomenon impact the relationship of American Jews with Israel?
2. How have globalization and the porousness of borders changed Jewish life around the world?
3. What role do disappointment, frustration, and a sense of exclusion play in innovation? And how can such sentiments be channeled creatively to build more entrepreneurial and engaging community options?

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Discovering a Global Jewish World

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May 1, 2010

Reviewed by Abram Sterne Far From Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community, by Charles London, William Morrow, 2009, 320 pp, $25.99 I am troubled by Charles London’s latest book, Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community. The award-winning journalist,  activist, and author of One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of More »