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November 2020 KoREH News

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor Frankl   Last March, with just six weeks left of school for our Kol Rinah Education Hub (KoREH), we all went into quarantine. Over the course of four days, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to close our building, leaving us a simple choice: cancel school and chalk the last few weeks up as a loss, or regroup and try to offer education...Read more...

September 2020 KoREH News

Raising Up The Waters I once heard a fable about a thirsty raven who flew far and wide looking for water in the middle of a drought. At the edge of despair, the raven flew over a cottage and saw a pitcher of water left on a table outside. She eagerly dove down, landed on the table, and reached into the pitcher with her beak, but it was too narrow for her to reach. Utterly exhausted, she rolled off the table onto the rough gravel path. She...Read more...

July 2020 Special - KoREH

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Jewish Education for Our Ever Changing World The world of Jewish education has changed in fantastic and dramatic ways in every generation. Indeed, the last ten years have seen a flowering of new ideas about what it means to learn Jewishly, what experiences encourage spiritual growth and curiosity, and how families and communities can work to educate not only young students, but...Read more...

May 2020 KoREH News

How to End Without Finishing

As I write this, knowing it will be May when you are reading it, I have no idea what the world will look like for you. Perhaps we are still each at home, checking in on one another through Zoom; perhaps you are reading this on your phone while eating out with 25 friends in a fun, newly-opened restaurant or at a concert with 5,000 other screaming fans.

What I do know is that as you read this, our...Read more...

May 2019 KoREH News

Accounting for Our Kindness As a child, I was always taught by parents, teachers, and adults of all stripes to “count my blessings.” For many years, the idea of focusing on the positive things in life and pushing ourselves to find things for which we can be grateful, even in tough times, has spoken to me in a powerful way. To be able to name the things with which we are blessed in life is an important skill and an essential tool in keeping...Read more...

March 2019 KoREH News

Learning Something New About Ourselves Have you ever found yourself in a situation that is totally new? For many of us, it can be intimidating, scary, and uncomfortable, but on occasion, new situations can also be exciting and engaging. Each and every time we push ourselves into new situations, we open up new possibilities to learn about ourselves and our world. This past month has been an incredible opportunity to learn who we are at the Kol...Read more...

January 2019 KoREH News

Building Connections in the Age of the New It is incredible to think that 2019 is already here. Recently, I have dwelled at length on all of the new things that have been popping up in the world around us. We are just beginning a new secular year and about to start the new Hebrew month of Sh’vat. We have just started a new book in the Torah, Sefer Shemot (The Book of Numbers). In fact, it seems like new is the new normal. Seth Godin, a...Read more...

November 2018 KoREH News

Perseverance Is Key I love stories. The best stories have way to keep delivering a timely message in each and every generation. Here is one of my favorites from the great storyteller, Aesop: A crow is flying around on a hot summer day looking for water. Finally, after hours of searching, he comes across a pitcher of water, but when he tries to stick his beak in he can't reach the water. He tries and tries, slowly getting more dehydrated. Just...Read more...

September 2018 KoREH News

Learning to Serve I was sitting in a small, 2-bedroom apartment in Wayland, MA while my host took a quick phone call. This was about 14 years ago, and I was a young community organizer doing 1-1 meetings and trying to train leaders in how to fight for the things that matter most to them. I was finishing up a conversation with a young woman who was active in one of my organization’s member churches, and I was trying to convince her to be a...Read more...

July 2018 KoREH News

A Place Where You Are Seen One of my favorite images from all of the Talmud comes in Tractate Brachot 6b, which translates as “blessings.” The story goes that when someone who regularly comes to minyan or synagogue communal events is suddenly absent, God inquires as to their whereabouts. I love the picture of God sitting at minyan on a Tuesday thinking, “Where’s Rivka? Has anyone seen Rivka? She wasn’t at minyan today, but she ALWAYS...Read more...
Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781