In Honor of Father’s Day, a Father Shares His Love of Judaism, and a Son Embraces It in His Own Way

The Weinstein family overlooking Jerusalem When Gary and Dori Weinstein’s third child entered this world, they wanted to share their love of Judaism from the beginning. So, just as they did for his older siblings, they gave him a Hebrew name: Eitan.  “We chose to give him a Hebrew name as part of a connection,” shares Gary. “His brit milah (circumcision) ceremony wasn’t ultra-traditional but my wife and I put a lot int...

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Sometimes Mothers Really Do Know Best

In honor of Mother’s Day, Rabbi Eve Posen, assistant rabbi with Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon and co-author of the book Pirkei Imahot,the Wisdom of Mothers, the Voices of Women, shares her two favorite “pearls” of wisdom gleaned from looking at Jewish texts from a woman’s perspective. Here’s some other great life advice from Jewish moms—as sometimes mothers really do know best: “Never judge people fo...

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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. https://youtu.be/9ll3s_Zunc8 Also, be sure to watch: A...

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Our Ancestors May Have Passed Down More Than Family Traditions

From our strongest core values to our favorite holiday recipes, we’ve inherited much of what makes us who we are from our ancestors—but many may have passed down more than that. Approximately one in three Jews of Ashkenazi descent—the ethnic identity most recognized by people in North America—are said to carry at least one type of genetic disorder. In total, Ashkenazi Jews have a high carrier rate for more than 40 gene...

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