The Miracle of Jewish Life in Kiev

February 16, 2013   To be a rabbi is to be a teacher, a messenger, a conveyer of truth, a conduit of our heritage, a teller of stories. Having just returned from leading the mission of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to Kiev and Israel I want to do all …

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Journey to Jewish Heritage Report — Part II

March 2013   After a restful Shabbat in Prague and a briefing by the head of the local Jewish community we travelled to Terezin, the “model” concentration camp established by the Nazis to show the Red Cross and world how “humanely” the Jews imprisoned there were treated. As Elie Wiesel has pointed out, what the …

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David Hartman’s Most Important Lesson

Tributes are pouring in from many quarters and segments of the Jewish and non-Jewish world about Rabbi David Hartman who passed away earlier this week.  I had the privilege of being selected to participate in the first contingent of an intensive three year program of studies for 30 rabbis from across the US and across …

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Reflections from Babi Yar

The first time I heard about Babi Yar was when I was in high school in summer camp.  We learned the powerful poem written in the 1960’s by the Russian poet Yevtushenko which was a scorching indictment of Soviet Russia for neglecting and whitewashing the tragedy that took place in the forest on the outskirts …

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Report from Kiev

I had heard of the work of the Joint Distribution Committee, the overseas arm of the American Jewish community helping to sustain Jews and Jewish life in remote recesses of the Former Soviet Union.  In the 1970’s and 80’s we rallied to allow Soviet Jews to emigrate.  Now we are involved in the largest scale …

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