Influencing the Moral Development of Students

Posted on November 24, 2009

Based on a conversation I had today with an educator at a day school I want to share this article I wrote a few years ago. I believe that the message is just as important and applicable today and I welcome your feedback. How can schools truly influence the moral development of their students? At Continue Reading »

Tips for Selecting a Mitzvah Project

Posted on November 20, 2009

Preparing for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on the positive impact you have had on others and how best to continue on this path. By participating in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project, you are given the chance to select a cause that is important to you. You can give back to Continue Reading »

Jewish Sages of Today New York Book Launch

Posted on November 19, 2009

Last night I had the privilege of attending the New York book launch party for The Jewish Sages of Today: Profiles of Extraordinary People at the Museum of Biblical Art. The book edited by Aryeh Rubin, founder and director of Targum Shlishi profiles twenty seven people from a range of fields and across the spectrum Continue Reading »

Reflections on the 3rd Annual Service Learning Conference

Posted on November 16, 2009

On Friday I attended the 3rd Annual Service Learning Conference sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County where I had an opportunity to lead a discussion for community and faith based organizations. The conference was an opportunity to hear from experts in the field, address some of the challenges we grapple with and to Continue Reading »

Veteran’s Day Chesed

Posted on November 11, 2009

Today is Veteran’s Day and many communities have parades, memorials and tributes. As we thank about and remember our veterans I want to highlight two agencies that offer chesed and service opportunities that help American troops. Bold Brave Courageous provides comfort items and encouragement to wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at Continue Reading »

Live from DC it’s Tuesday Morning! (At the GA)

Posted on November 10, 2009

For the past two days I have been in Washington, DC attending the UJC GA, otherwise known as the United Jewish Communities General Assembly. For once, I was happy to attend a work related conference. I checked the weather, which was due to be in the 60’s unusually warm for DC, and since I went Continue Reading »

Kindness and Shelter

Posted on November 10, 2009

In his weekly e-mail Rabbi Jonathan Sacks included his BBC Radio 4 – Thought for the Day from June 14, 1999 which I wanted to share on Kristallnacht. As he says so beautifully acts of kindness have a long term and profound impact and often are the gift that keeps on giving. This message is Continue Reading »

Areyvut’s 6th Annual Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest

Posted on November 5, 2009

I am pleased to announce Areyvut’s 6th Annual Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest. The contest recognizes Bnai Mitzvah students throughout the world who have chosen to make a difference by actively contributing to their communities. The contest has always been an important program for Areyvut because it enables us to learn about innovative projects, highlight the Continue Reading »

A chance to do good

Posted on October 30, 2009

Lois Goldrich of the Jewish Standard wrote an editorial in today’s paper about kindness, volunteerism and actively doing it. In it she references Areyvut’s important work in the community and the importance of involving Bnai Mitzvah celebrants. At Areyvut we feel that every day is a chance to do good and here is what she Continue Reading »

What’d She Say?

Posted on October 26, 2009

Each time I fly (and even more so since watching Capt. Sullenberger land a U.S. Airways jet in the Hudson River earlier this year) I always listen intently to and follow the instructions of the flight attendants during their safety announcements. When I sit in an Exit Row, I even take out the safety card Continue Reading »