Being Jew-ish

Posted on July 9th, 2018
by Jessica Sawyer for aish.com


Being the only Jew most of my students had ever met forced me to confront my Jewish identity.


“No other religion speaks about themselves with the same lack of commitment as Jews do,” the Birthright speaker, whose name escapes me, said to our group. “You've never heard someone say that they are Catholic-ish or Protestant-ish. They are Catholics. They are Protestants. We are Jews. It's not a derogatory term and we shouldn't be afraid to use it.”

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Jewish Mindfulness in Action

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
From BimBam 

This video was produced with the Bar and Bat Mitzvah class at Jvillage Network member, B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, of Pepper Pike, OH. 


Being intentional with our actions is hard work! BimBam and B’nai Jeshurun worked together to create this animation with the synagogue’s 2015 B’nai Mitzvah class. In it we look at mindfulness and how it relates to living life with Jewish values always in front you. Keeping this mindset is important in everything from the botched sacrifices of Nadav and Avihu to everyday decisions like not talking on a cell phone while driving or eating (turkey) bacon and eggs. For more films produced with community, check out these videos.

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Want Free Kosher Food? UCLA Has an App

Posted on June 25th, 2018
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


Jewish students at the University of California Los Angeles recently launched an app to bring awareness to an important issue in their Jewish community – free, kosher food on campus.

When members of UCLA’s Ha’am Jewish Newsmagazine developed an app to increase engagement with their articles, fourth-year computer science student Joey Levin thought of an additional feature they could add to make their app more popular.

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Do Jewish Students Feel Left Out of the Left?

Posted on June 18th, 2018
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


When Jonathan Taubes was in high school, he read a lot of Noam Chomsky – so much so that Taubes and his friends jokingly refer to him as the Rebbe, or teacher. Chomsky, an American historian and social critic, writes about a diverse array of topics: Zionism, anti-Zionism, socialism and every other –ism imaginable.

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Working With Student Gang Members Changed Me

Posted on June 11th, 2018
By Danielle Neuwirth, THE CONSPIRACY, newvoices.org 


In the spring semester of my junior year, Jose* started hanging out with my friend group. The problem was he also hung out with local gang members.

Jose was from south of Worcester, Massachusetts. As a fellow Puerto Rican, he came to me for assistance when he was kicked out of his home, hoping to change course. And as a Worcester State University student, he knew my school offers help to college students struggling with gangs. Jose tried to get help from my professors, but he was too far into gang life to make his way out. While trying to help Jose, I met his friend Pablo*, who wanted assistance, as well. This is how I began working with students involved in gang activity – and embarked on hopefully a lifelong career of social work.

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