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TLS Takes a Step *Forward*

Intrepid investigative reporter and friendly-neighborhood-reb-student Julia Appel recently took a roadtrip to reflect and then write on Tikkun Leil Shabbat (TLS)* for The Forward. Her article captures many of the salient, if unusual, characteristics of the group. In broad terms:…

Tommy Thompson on Jewish Values

It is good that we have politicians and leaders to help us focus our conversation on values. Given the degree of internal debate, Gov. Thompson‘s clarity is refreshing: Former Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson told Jewish activists…

Chesapeake NHC Retreat, 4/20-22

Last year, I went to this retreat and thought it was great. In fact, it was so good that this year, the retreat will have a strong crew of Jewschoolers including Shamirpower, Ruby-K, BZ, Jo, RDL, and more. Here are…

Rabbi Toba "Trailblazer" Spitzer

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association will formally elect a fantastic Rabbi to steer itself at its March convention. R. Toba Spitzer is a talented darshan (homiltecist), a caring visionary, and a true progressive. Oh yeah, and a musical composer. None of…

A New Analogy for Growing Minyanim

Lots of us have been to weddings or various other lifecycle events where dancing is likely ensue. There is often a moment where people feel like there should be dancing but no one has yet struck out in that direction.…