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Trafficking by Dorit Dotan

July 1, 2014

Dorit Jordan Dotan was born in 1961, and lives in Haifa, Israel. For over twenty years she has run her own independent graphic design studio. Most of her clients have been non-profit Israeli and Palestinian organizations active in the areas of peace, co-existence, women’s issues and human rights.   Her long-time participation in social change More »

I don’t need a synagogue, but is there a community garden?

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
June 27, 2014

Talmud Yerushalmi, Kiddushin 4:12 :ר’ חזקיה רבי כהן בשם רב: אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה לא רופא, ולא מרחץ, ולא ב”ד מכין וחובשין. אמר ר’ יוסי בי ר’ בון אף אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה גינוניתא של ירק Rabbi Hezekiah and Rabbi Kohen in the name of Rav said: It is forbidden to live in a city More »


A Light Unto the Neighborhoods

Yoni A. Dahlen
June 25, 2014

From my office window in Boro Park, I see Hasidim buying flowers and carrying challahs. Girls in long skirts and leather shoes talk in front of brownstone stoops, covering their mouths as if embarrassed by their giggles. “Es iz tsayit tsu geyn a haym,” my supervisor tells me. “It’s time to go home, Yoni. A More »


Returning Home

June 23, 2014

We came from the desert. Kind of, as the pre-Jewish tribes ranged across sections of Judea and Mesopotamia in an era when the Middle East was likely a bit greener than it is today, and life was still not easy. Our communities began as semi-nomadic groups, herding, then tilling, practicing disparate religious customs until one More »


A Community Shul

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
June 18, 2014

Places mean different things to different people. In the early aughts, I lived in West Hollywood, California, one of the most prominently gay-friendly cities in the United States. (Best and cheapest haircuts I ever had.) During a visit back East to Massachusetts, I visited my Russian émigrés cousins. When I told them where I lived, they More »


Mall Rat

Naomi Less
June 16, 2014

Once upon a time, I was a Jewish suburban girl…hard to believe, right? But my world consisted of a small neighborhood with a big mall. I walked to the mall three blocks away first as 4th or 5th grader to buy jelly bellys with my friend. Next, in junior high I was dropped off by More »


What makes a place Jewish? Memory, Presence and Absence

Caryn Aviv
June 15, 2014

I’d like to share three tidbits from life this summer: My 8 year old daughter is spending the next 7 weeks in Berlin with her dads.  She’s having some serious adventures while also learning about the city’s Jewish past and its vibrant Jewish present.   Unfortunately, many American Jews associate Berlin, indeed, all of Germany, solely More »

Seeking an Open-Heart Community

Aryeh BenDavid
June 6, 2014

There was a time when the individual turned to community to satisfy physical needs, such as food and protection. There was a time when the individual turned to community to satisfy social needs, through local bowling leagues and neighborhood picnics. There was a time when the individual turned to community to satisfy spiritual needs through More »