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A Response to Maya Bernstein

Maya has encapsulated so much in her opening piece “Don’t Drive Into the River.”  I love the way she blends her upbringing into her current work. The day school community has much to learn from Upstart Bay Area, especially the need to imagine creative solutions to our...

Hebrew: The Language of Trust

I had the address of the shul in Paris where I was hoping to say Kaddish for my mother. I walked up and down Rue des Tournelles, where the shul was supposed to be, but I couldn’t find it. After a few loops, I ventured out to the neighboring streets, practicing...

Gathering Our People Together

What was the experience of Sinai like for those assembled there–which, according to tradition, includes all of us, our ancestors, and our descendants?   In Exodus Rabbah, the classic collection of Midrashim on the second book of Torah, we find a debate between...

Securing and Growing Jewish Day Schools

The following originally appeared on eJewishPhilanthropy.com, as part of the series “Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times.” What will it take to make sure that Jewish day school education continues to thrive for future generations, even in...