Who Needs an IDEA Collaborative Anyway? (And Why It’s Jewish)

Why does Hillel need the Audrey and William Farber Family IDEA Collaborative?  Simply put, we are determined to prepare our children for the 21st  century world they will inherit, not the world of the 20th century. To teach them the way … Read More

Commitment, Tenacity, Sacrifice – Nothing New Under Sun!

This post is a reflection of the thoughts I had on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed this past Monday.  My mind was awash with so many thoughts – seemingly disconnected, yet, I clearly perceived a thread. I … Read More

Reports of our Demise are Greatly Exaggerated!

This survey of the Jewish population confirms what many have feared. Jews are assimilating at an alarming rate, especially urban, educated and wealthier Jews.  The trend has been established for some time. Jews are increasingly more concerned with fashion and … Read More

Is it Okay to Celebrate Halloween as an American Jew?

This is an interesting and somewhat controversial question.  We live in a Christian culture, making it sometimes challenging to separate the religious from the secular. Sefer Vayikra (Book of Leviticus) provides the source of the prohibition against celebrating gentile customs … Read More

No Excuses – Time for Action

The New York Times summed up the recent Pew survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans like this, “[Among Jewish Americans, there has been] a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their … Read More