Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

Not Born Into the Tribe: The Power of Judaism Makes Converts Out of Three Now Clergy

Thousands of years after Ruth—the “mother of all converts”—told her mother-in-law Naomi in the Book of Ruth, “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people will be my people and your God will be my God,” large numbers of non-Jews from around the U.S. have been embracing Judaism as their religion of choice—in fact, current estimates show 1 in 6 American Jews are converts. While it’s one thin...

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Father-Daughter USY International Presidents Talk Serving and Meaning Three Decades Apart

A lot has changed since the time Rabbi Adam Kligfeld of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California, served as USY international president in 1990 and 2019 when his eldest daughter Noa stepped into the same role. Here, the two talk about the differences 30 years makes, plus what serving meant/means to them and how one another’s leadership inspires their own. Also, be sure to watch: A...

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Create a Passover Seder That Keeps Kids Interested and Engaged

An hours-long Passover seder can feel longer than the 40 years our ancestors spent wandering the desert for young kids full of energy and wonder. So, what’s the key to keeping them engaged? Bring the experience down to their level with simple explanations and infuse it with fun and interactivity. What’s the Story? According to PJ Library, which celebrates Jewish culture, values and tradition through the joy of storybo...

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Keeping it Kosher

By Michelle Collins Michelle Collins My first memory of realizing I was different was in elementary school. I attended a public school, and we occasionally had catered lunches. I have a vivid memory of crying at the lunch table because everyone was eating hamburgers and I couldn’t. What a drama queen, amirite? I’m sure I didn’t go hungry that day. I’ve kept kosher my whole life. Even though I grew up in a subur...

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Historic Trip to Israel Leads to Jewish Discovery Across Generations

Three generations of the Daitz family attend Israel. With her husband, Ronald, on one side and her two sons, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren—ages 9, 14 and 17—on the other, Linda Daitz couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude as three generations of her family experienced the power of Israel together as part of Park Avenue Synagogue’s historic trip. Ranging from infants to seniors, congregants ...

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AnsheEmet Rendering

The Road Traveled

Michael Landau, AIA Michael Landau, AIA, who has more than 50 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of worship facilities and whose design work has been recognized nationally through awards, publications and exhibitions, answers the question: What’s a journey you’re on right now and what excites you most about it? The design of synagogues has been an integral aspect of my 50-plus years long c...

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