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Laura Freeman is looking for a few good middle managers.
Managers of area Jewish agencies, to be specific.
Ms. Freeman is director of the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, which has provided leadership training to 60 local community activists.
Now Ms. Freeman, who graduated from the Berrie program before joining the federation in a professional capacity, wants to bring leadership training to other Jewish professionals.
Dr. David J. Fine, rabbi of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood, was instrumental in last month’s opening of Zecharias Frankel College.
If we lived in another world, a world with a sunnier history, the fact that a Jewish seminary just opened in Germany would be very nice, but not particularly earthshaking.
We live in this world, though, this post-Shoah, post-decimation-of-European-Jewry world, so it is a very big thing.
First — and yes, it sounds counterintuitive, but bear with me — it is important to understand the structure of European universities. In Europe, would-be clerics from a range of Christian denominations are educated together at universities, and earn their ordinations separately from seminaries that are part of those universities.
Fifteen policemen were injured and 30 arrests were made when protests in Israel against a government plan to modernize the living conditions of Israel’s Bedouin citizens turned violent last weekend.
The plan, which would develop the Negev and end the legal limbo in which many of the once nomadic Bedouin have lived since the creation of the State of Israel, would require more than 30,000 Bedouin to leave their villages and move to new settlements that would be created for them.
Opponents of the plan had called for “Days of Rage,” and the protests in the Negev and elsewhere in Haifa were matched by protests around the world.
If confidence and charisma are qualities of effective leadership, then Tuvia and Miriam Brander have been blessed with these and more
The newlyweds from Bergen County — married just six months — are deeply passionate about serving the Jewish community and fiercely determined to make a difference in the world.
Tuvia, who comes from Teaneck, and Miriam, neé Apter, from Fair Lawn, are spending the 2013-2014 academic year in Jerusalem, where Tuvia is pursuing rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University’s Gruss Kollel and Miriam works as an intern at PresenTense, an organization that fosters young social entrepreneurs.
“Who is wise? The one who learns from everyone.”
The question and answer, a quote from the Ethics of the Fathers, came from Rabbi Ellen Lewis as she presided over the funeral of Michael Weiner.
Mr. Weiner, who died on November 21 at 51, was the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. He also was a local boy — he was born in Paterson and grew up in Pompton Lakes. His father, Isaac Weiner, had been a principal in the Pike Construction Company, which built both the Frisch School’s original home and then its new building. Both were in Paramus.
First there was the Conservative movement’s October biennial conference, billed as “The Conversation of the Century” and opened up to presenters from outside the movement.
Then came the November General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which featured a “Global Jewish shuk: a marketplace of dialogue and debate” led by young Israelis and Americans from outside the federation world.
Now comes the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, which will be distinguished from past years by — you guessed it — opening up to outsiders.
For the first 3 1/2 weeks of the summer, one group of 5-year-olds at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y., was “very quiet” as the children went about the typical camp activities, according to Amy Skopp Cooper, the camp’s director.
But in the fourth week, the talking started — in Israeli-accented Hebrew.
By the end of the summer, evaluations revealed that most of the 20 children — all of whom had started out as Hebrew novices — “had gone up multiple levels” in their Hebrew proficiency, Ms. Cooper said.
The campers were participants in a pilot Hebrew immersion program at the Jewish day camp 25 miles north of Manhattan. And if leaders of a new group promoting Hebrew literacy have their way, those campers will soon be joined by many others.