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How Am I Spending My Summer?, part 1: June 2014

A question I frequently receive is “What are you up to for the summer?” As it turns out, it is not time off. Yes, school is out, so there is no programming, per se, with university (or high school) students.  However, there are occasional Shabbat dinners with Beach Hillel, meetings with young adults and college […]

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Convening on Post-Birthright Israel trip Engagement

Last week, I attended a Birthright Israel NEXT Western Regional NEXTwork Convening in Southern California, designed for Jewish communal professionals who work with young adults. The convening, which took place at The Ranch of the Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas on 16-17 June, focussed on engaging post-Taglit-Birthright Israel participants and encouraging their involvement in Jewish life. […]

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Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah

Last week, I joined with a family (and their friends and family) to celebrate their son becoming a bar mitzvah. A question I got frequently was, “Where is the Torah-reading?” When this family initially reached out to me in the summer of 2012, they indicated that they wanted to do something to celebrate their son […]