The Best Thing About Camp? Memories For A Lifetime

Summer camp—the memory probably brings a smile to your face. You can practically still smell the bonfire and the pine trees. Summers at camp are some of the most intense experiences in a young person’s life. Camp friendships (and crushes!) come fast and strong....
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The Dancing Swan Finds Her Superpower

Lily Marks felt like an “ugly duckling.” As a child, her flat feet and weak knees meant that she walked differently from other people. Orthopedic shoes and leg braces were meant to correct the issue, but made her stand out even more from other
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Stranger and Friends

Who exactly is a stranger? The word strange can mean unfamiliar or unexpected, but it can also imply weird or abnormal. Jewish text instructs us to love the stranger, remembering that once we were strangers in Egypt. We will be strangers many times over in our lives: on the first day at a new school or at a new job....
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Celebrating PRIDE with Apples and Oranges

The orange is known for its healing properties. In the top ten for list for vitamin C, it is one of the first foods we reach for when we have the sniffles. You can almost smell the sunshine when you cut into the juicy tropical fruit....
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Dreaming at Sea

37 Days at Sea: Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939 tells the story of Jewish passengers aboard the luxury ship, The M.S. St. Louis, fleeing Nazi Germany. The story, told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Ruthie Arons, is written in prose that captures the fragility of her family’s limbo, Ruthie is both a playful child and a keen observer of the shifting dynamics of the larger world around her....
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People Plan, and God Laughs. We Should Laugh Too

A year ago, Covid-19 turned the world upside down. We retreated into our homes and schools, stores locked their doors, and the streets were suddenly empty. Human right activist and former politician Natan Sharansky understands isolation, fear and uncertainty more profoundly than most of us....
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Mount Sinai—The Little Mountain That Could

When the Israelites reached Mount Sinai, where Moses famously received the Ten Commandments, they were at a spiritual and existential juncture....
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Happy Mother’s Day (And Don’t Forget To Call!)

The “Jewish mother” is a cultural icon. Her overbearing love and constant fretting over her children are staples of late-night comedy. If the Jewish mother stereotype tells the story of Jewish assimilation in America, it casts women as secondary
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Shalom, Salaam: A Message of Peace

Once upon a time, in the Land of Milk and Honey, there lived two neighbors named Yaffa and Fatima. Although they came from different religious backgrounds, in many ways their lives were similar. They both prayed, although Yaffa prays in the
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We Shall Overcome in Hebrew is Anu Nitgaber

At the end of the 19th century, just two generations away from slavery, a girl blessed with a talent for singing was born in Philadelphia. Her name was Marian Anderson and she was musically gifted, but she was Black. Time and time again she had
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