Herzl Camp Hires Josh Levine As New Executive Director

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After an exhaustive, nationwide search, Herzl Camp leadership announced that longtime Jewish camp professional Josh Levine will be the next executive director. Levine will take the helm in January after moving to the Twin Cities. Levine succeeds Gary Kibort, who had been in the position for nine years, but announced in August that he would […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Vayeshev

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Welcome to a world of dreams, where the stars in the sky and the wheat of the fields can dictate your fate. This is a space wherein the spirits of the heavens reign supreme, and the deepest secrets of your subconscious can affect how your real-world life plays out. We’ve arrived at the tale of […]

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Grumpy, Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy: A Hannukah Guide To Marketing Stuff For Jews

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What do Snow White’s dwarfs have to do with Hannukah? About as much as garden gnomes have to do with the technically insignificant but widely celebrated Festival of Lights.  Which is to say, not much. But given what continues to be sold as Hannukah merch year after year, who even cares anymore.  So let’s celebrate […]

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Social Studies Revamp Enters Next Phase

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Holly Brod Farber goes into schools across the state to talk about topics relating to Judaism, and she does so knowing that — in many cases — it will be the only chance students have to meet someone who is Jewish. “[Going into the schools] will literally be the only place,” said Brod Farber, the […]

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WATCH: The Maccabeats Release Their Newest Hanukkah Song

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It’s almost Hanukkah which can only mean one thing: The Maccabeats latest holiday parody. This year, the a cappella group performs Illuminating, their version of Dua Lipa’s hit Levitating. Past iterations have been inspired by Hamilton or a variety of pop songs. Not surprisingly, it’s incredibly catchy. Enjoy!  

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Parenting By Parsha: Vayishlach

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This week’s portion begins with an ominous pronouncement: “Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.” Jacob is traveling with his family, servants, cattle, and belongings, and he has realized that he may just run into his long-lost twin—the same guy he tricked out of a […]

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OSRUI Mandates Vaccines For 2022; Herzl, Ramah Decisions Likely Soon

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Any camp director will tell you the summer of 2020 was a monumental challenge. Smaller groups of campers — some vaccinated, some not — uneasy parents, and difficult decisions that had to be made by everyone involved in making a camp year run.  But after a summer of unease with respect to COVID, one thing […]

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How To Make An Interfaith Marriage Work

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All partners grapple with differences, but differences in religion can feel particularly tough. If you and your partner differ religiously, either in observance or in faith tradition altogether, you might find yourself wondering if your differences doom your marriage. As a clinical psychologist and couples therapist, I help partners manage all kinds of differences, including […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Vayetzei

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I gave birth in July of 2019, and up until a week ago, I had been at every single bedtime my kid has ever had. That’s about 770 bedtimes, which is a lot, whichever way you slice it. A week ago, though, I had to take our arthritic cat to get an x-ray in Queens […]

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