Can Conservative Judaism Exist on College Campuses?

By Jared Rogers Upon arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, I was terrified of not finding authentic communities to call my own. Before college, I lived and breathed Conservative Judaism; I was a student at Schechter Long Island, a counselor at Ramah Nyack and an officer on USY’s International Executive Board. Unsurprisingly, I fell in love with the Conservative Jewish Community (CJC) at Penn. CJC provided me...

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Shavuot—The Taste of Torah

By Rabbi Deborah Silver, Shir Chadash, New Orleans, Louisiana When we consider the centrality of Torah to our tradition—whether in the sense of the scroll in the Ark or our expanded use of the term to embrace the Tanakh and all of the literature of the teachers who came before us—it is interesting to consider the way we memorialize in community the time that Torah was given to us. In contrast to the Seder and the me...

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Co-Founder of JewBelong Says, “Come on in, the Water’s Fine!”

Archie Gottesman can relate when people talk about feeling like Jewish outsiders—intimidated by rituals and traditions and not knowing where to begin—because she was often in these same shoes before she did something inventive about it and co-founded JewBelong.com with Stacy Stuart. Here, Archie talks about everything from a major moment of “JewBarrassment” to what people are missing out on if they let their feelings keep...

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Rethinking “Sleep Is For the Weak”

By Ilan Rotberg, president of New England Region USY Any young person knows that older people love to reminisce. Whether it’s in real life or in a hypothetical cliché, I’ve always heard people use the phrase “back in my day,” only to be followed by a nostalgic recollection of a time where kids didn’t have their faces glued to a screen 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For me, these remarks always managed to trigge...

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