Tag: Charity


Chanukah  A Time For Re-Dedication

I work for the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and being a Jewish organization, we begin every meeting with a bissel Torah (a bit of Torah learning). We call them d’vars (though, the correct way to make d’var plural in Hebrew would be Divrei). A d’var is general a talk on a section of Torah. More often than not, our divrei are on current topics in Israel or America or relating to holidays or a teaching we recently heard or saw. This is the d’var I gave at our all staff meeting......

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A song to make your Chanukah happy & an easy way to give back!

Yes, folks! It’s that time of year! Prep your Chanukiah, Chanukah is here! Beginning tomorrow night we will be lighting candles for 8 nights to honor our forefathers, the Maccabees who fought bravely against the Greeks to regain control of our Holy Temple. Many people tell this story as one of a miracle of oil. Sure, the oil may have lasted for eight whole days but the true miracle was the military victory. Against all odds, a small guerrilla army of Jews led by Judah Maccabee fought the mighty Greeks. The Greeks......

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Did We Do More Harm Than Good?

As we wrap up the marathon 24 hours of news coverage surrounding the tenth anniversary of September 11th, a question occurred to me. All day I have been watching on and off. DVRing some programs, watching others live. I went to the Colorado Rockies game today and it was full of symbolism and significance. Former military, current military, children, police officers, and firemen. Every conversation surrounded this significant day. As I wrapped up my day watching home videos and other citizen journalism, painstakingly chronically every second of the 102 minutes that changed......

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Support the Magdala Center Dig

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I spent the most amazing 5 days digging in a 1st Century Jewish neighborhood just north of Tiberias in Israel this fall. (If you are new, that’s okay! Just check out my Indiana Jones Adventure.) I learned about this dig through Fr. Kelly at Notre Dame of Jerusalem… who I met through Doug Seserman of the Allied Jewish Federation (where I now work). Denver is very fortunate to have such a great connection to this project and group.  Subsequently,......

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A Mother’s Plea
Israel, Judaism |
May 22, 2011

A Mother’s Plea

I have been thinking about a new blog for a while. Looking for inspiration around me… I have been working long hours, been exhausted, and have been sick. Then I came across this blog, this plea. This woman’s daughter moved to Israel at 15 because she felt so passionate about living in her spiritual homeland. She left her family at a young age with little Hebrew knowledge to live in a foreign country. She then served in the Israeli army as a Lone Soldier (meaning she had no family in the country......

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