Hillel, Hebrew Classes and Strong Jewish Communities Make These Two Students’ College Decision Easy

Academic reputation, cost and graduation rate are often thought of as the biggest factors students consider when selecting a college to attend. But for incoming freshmen David Glickman, Evan Koss and many other Jewish students around the country, there’s another important dynamic that goes into their college selection. David Glickman will be attending Cornell University, in large part because of the school’s strong Je...

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In Social Media Age, Young Adults Unplug and Connect During Shabbat

Preparing for a wonderful Shabbat Most of us see it every time we go out to eat: young adults and families—sometimes even our own—staring at their phones around the table instead of engaging in meaningful conversation. With research linking depression, anxiety and loneliness to heavy social media and internet use among millennials and younger generations, more young Jews are seeing the importance of unplugging and con...

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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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California Fires Are Latest in Series of Tragedies to Unite Jewish Community

The Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires that raged through California in early November are the latest in a series of events that the local and national Jewish communities have faced. A little more than a week after the tragic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shooting at Tree of Life synagogue and less than 24 hours after the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California—a place where many families and friend...

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USCJ Leaders and Others Experience Life at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Time and time again throughout history, our Jewish ancestors have been forced to flee their homes in an attempt to live better and safer lives. And whether through the national news, social media or the local newspaper, almost all of us are aware of the current crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, eerily echoing what the Jewish people have experienced for thousands of years. At the end of August, Jewish leaders and repres...

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