Virtual Ingenuity: How the 248 Global Summit Brought Us Together

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Hi from my couch (Poland) – Magda Rubenfeld!” “Hello from St Petersburg, Russia – Nadia Bezuevskaia!” “Rehovot is here:) – Pola Barkan!” “Hello from Majorca Island, SPAIN – Dani Rotstein!” The chat screen lit up with places all over the world. Everyone was gathered for the 248 Community Action Network (248) Global Summit on Sunday, […]

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Who The Folk?! Madalina Kelner

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Madalina Kelner, is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and an artist who will be presenting her first post-graduate gallery show, Behind The Veil, later this month at the Homewood Studio in North Minneapolis. We talk about the strangest senior year ever, what her plans for the future are, and how Behind the […]

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Who The Folk?! Shira Yardley

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What’s it like to build a massive garden from scratch every year? This week we’re joined by Shira Yardley, who works at the Sabes JCC as a job coach with the inclusion program, but is also the garden manager. Shira talks about how the program has transformed itself in the coronavirus era, and how the […]

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Who The Folk?! Ronen Pink

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Who knew that having a 3D printer would be so important right now? Ronen Pink certainly didn’t. But the tool he bought himself eight years ago with Bar Mitzvah money has proven invaluable. Pink has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields that are needed and in short supply during the coronavirus crisis. Pink talks about […]

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An Open Letter To My Students

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Maybe my connection to Judaism isn’t diminishing, just changing. But when everything is in such a state of tumult, I’m not sure I want that change.

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Reflecting On A Holiday Different From All Others

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A few weeks ago, punning off of the surreal nature of celebrating Passover during a pandemic, author and playwright Max Sparber tweeted, “Seder leader: Why is tonight different from all other nights? Me: Holy f—k, where to start?” Indeed. Separated from the family and friends they would normally join to retell the biblical story of […]

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The Title Of My TED Talk

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Every inspirational movie has one. It usually happens right at the main character’s turning point. Just after they decide to make a change and throw themselves into the pursuit of whatever it is they are choosing to pursue. We’ve all seen it. It’s “The Montage Sequence.” I’ve always been fascinated and amused by the montage […]

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The Importance Of Showing Up

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It was summer 2017 and my cousin and I was hiding out from the oppressive New York City heat in the air-conditioned lounge of the newly opened One Brooklyn Bridge Hotel. The place was brand new; a mostly undiscovered hidden gem at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The lounge had a living wall creeping […]

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