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Colleges Are Intolerant About Comedy That Promotes Tolerance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Scott Blakeman

If a simple message of tolerance, understanding and peace is deemed too controversial by many universities in this country, what message does that send to students? Colleges used to be the place where trailblazing comedians like George Carlin and Mort Sahl found receptive audiences for their biting and bold comedy.

Jewish Millennials and Co.

Martin Marty | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Relying on a variety of polls that use a variety of methods and definitions, and, always ready to point to a few counter-trends, we've reported on those who track the religious or irreligious young through various cohorts or with various religious identities.

Breaking the Jewish Taboo on Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Lev Raphael

This is Banned Books Week and though I've never had any of my twenty-five books banned, one of my books was sidelined in an insidious way that amounte...

Three Questions to Ask During a War (and During Peacetime, Too)

Rabbi Josh Feigelson | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

We live in the Too-Much-Information Age, when it seems like the more information we have, the less we can find or develop informed opinion, context and knowledge.

Academic Boycotts and Counterboycotts

David Moshman | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
David Moshman

Many individuals and organizations have strongly opposed academic boycotts of Israel. Some have opposed all academic boycotts. Academic boycotts, they argue, violate the academic freedom of their academic targets. But are academic boycotts always wrong? Consider some recent examples.

Jewish Students Demand Hillel Relax Rules On Israel

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Hillel, the largest Jewish college campus organization in the world, provides students with kosher meals, religious services, a rabbi’s counse...

Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

As opposed to hunkering down and entrenching themselves in hatred, his parents created the Daniel Pearl Foundation which proposes cross cultural dialogue with a focus on the foundations of peace rather than war.

Why Hillel Is Failing in the Fight for Israel on Campus

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

If Hillel and Chabad want to have a true impact on Jewish students they should subordinate the social events and the tired gender-homosexuality-egalitarian discussions to the hard-nosed debates about Israel, the truth of Judaism, and the other great challenges to Jewish identity.

Will Anyone Fill Bronfman's Chair?

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Bronfman, in his role as President of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, also gave generously to Jewish causes. It is unlikely that anyone will ever support such a broad range of Jewish organizations and causes ever again.

Edgar Bronfman -- Our Moses of the 20th Century

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

"Edgar was deeply committed to making Judaism relevant to all those who were seeking it. He sought to build a big tent, open for vigorous debate, impassioned questioning, and full of joy."

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Swarthmore College and the Need for Jewish Unity

Aryeh Younger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Freedom of speech, however, is an essential belief to most Americans, Jewish or not. The very thought of political censorship is enough to turn certain people away from Hillel -- and perhaps even from religion entirely.

Universities Raise Sukkahs For Sukkot

Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is upon us, and university Hillels are celebrating with beautiful sukkahs, which are temporary dwellings with thatched ro...

You Can’t Fool The Youth: A Jewish Institutional Makeover

Yonah Schiller | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Yonah Schiller

We know this generation has more options vying for its attention than ever before. For us, that meant unlearning everything we thought we knew and starting from scratch.

Finding Common Ground Between Sexuality and Spirituality

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

If religious, spiritual, activist and LGBT organizations, alike, are invested in nurturing a sustainable and fulfilling future, they have only to gain from providing the fodder for common ground.

'If I Am Only For Myself, Then Who Am I?'

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

A dangerous confluence of circumstances has developed in recent years. The pro-Israel community has lost its moral compass. It has done so by valencing "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?" to the exclusion of "And if I am only for myself, then what am I?"

Women at the Wall: Wrapped in Light Like a Garment

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The only approach that is left is battle. Women of the Wall will continue to fight, not only for reclaiming the Kotel as public space, but also for all the other issues of religious pluralism in Israel that are so important.

The Power of Moderate Voices

Dina Moroz | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Dina Moroz

It takes a lot for someone to take a step back, assess what they know and admit that they aren't in a position to make an informed opinion on an issue. Unfortunately, people do not take the time to do this.

'Voices & Visions': The Design Of Great Jewish Ideas

Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." This pearl of wisdom from Martin Buber could apply to taking a visual tri...

The Hidden Ingredient To Revitalizing Jewish Collegiate Life

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

Each couple, as a unit and as individuals, are doing work that knows no end to the day and often receives no thank you and I want to, from the bottom of my heart, offer my thanks for being an inspiration.

Hillel And The Earl: The Spirituality Of The Sandwich

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

This year, sloppy eaters everywhere are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of the sandwich by its eponymous Earl in 1762. Even so, the following must be said: Sandwich did not invent the sandwich.

When Jews in Berkeley Vote to Cut Support for Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

Last week, when the Berkeley Jewish Student Union voted to bar J Street's student organization from membership, the message it sent was regrettably clear: The choice is up to you -- you can be welcomed as a Jew, or you can speak your mind on Israel.

Happiness Means Loving Yourself

Kristen Houghton | Posted 12.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Your life should never be written on the margins of the page; it should be centered and prominent. Invite yourself to the feast of life. Be a participant not an observer.

Be The Jew You Are: Can Young Jews Become More Jewish Without Much Judaism?

Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) Samantha Perilstein is a bubbly hospitality major at the University of Delaware and deeply connected ...

Minority Report

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Lenny Bruce once riffed that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't even matter if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish."