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Tishrei 5782

Tishrei 5782

Shmita: A Time for Personal and Professional Renewal

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By Szilvi Somlai Is shmita an ancient and outdated mitzva, incompatible with modern, often completely secular, Jewish diaspora life in the 21st century? Or is it a gift to the world, and an exceptional opportunity to make our Judaism relevant at any time and any place, both on the personal and professional level? At first blush it looks as if shmita has nothing to do with those of us who are not farmers. … וּבַשָּׁנָ֣ה הַשְּׁבִיעִ֗ת שַׁבַּ֤ת שַׁבָּתוֹן֙ יִהְיֶ֣ה לָאָ֔רֶץ שַׁבָּ֖ת לה’ שָֽׂדְךָ֙ לֹ֣א תִזְרָ֔ע וְכַרְמְךָ֖ לֹ֥א תִזְמֹֽר׃ … In the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath of

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Reflective Practice

Sivan 5781

A Practical Jewish Approach to Work-life Balance. Spoiler Alert: This Article Is NOT About Shabbat

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss Full disclosure: I am feverishly writing these thoughts during non-work hours…

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Elul 5780

Take a Deep Breath & Take Stock This Elul

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The month of Elul is traditionally a period of Cheshbon Hanefesh (self-introspection and reflection) and taking stock, as we...
AV 5780

Tisha Ba’Av and the Power of Now

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Rosh Chodesh Av falls this year on Wednesday the 22nd of July, and with it...
Tammuz 5780

Finding Models for Resilience in Jewish History: Yavneh, Option B, and Camp This Summer

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Chodesh Tammuz Tov!Rosh Chodesh Tammuz reminds us we are on the brink of summer, but...
Cheshvan 5780

 The Genius of the Routine

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Congratulations, you made it! You made it to Cheshvan. You survived some or all of…

Elul 5779

Healing Relationships with Emotional Intelligence

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Chodesh Tov! The month of Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and taking stock…

Av 5779

The Courage to Fail

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Chodesh tov! Eleven days ago, on the 17th of Tammuz, we began the saddest period…

Tammuz 5779

Dialing Up Your Summer

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Chodesh tov! Welcome to Tammuz, and the beginning of the summer! The month of Tammuz…

Setting Objectives

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Elul 5778

The Challenge of Change

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Elul. This is an anticipatory time of…

Av 5778

Taking Stock and Measuring Success

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Chodesh tov! In last month’s newsletter we learnt from Colin Bulka, Director of JDC Hungary,…

Tammuz 5778

Aiming Smart

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  Chodesh Tov! Shalom, and Chodesh Tov from the relatively quiet month of Tammuz. This…

Sivan 5778

The Power of a Shared Vision

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Chodesh Tov! The Hebrew month of Sivan is here and very soon we celebrate Shavuot…

Tammuz 5777

Tammuz – Planting for the Future

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As Jewish community professionals and educators, we tend to be focused on the future. We…

Cheshvan 5777

Cheshvan: A Time of Transition

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One of the things we most appreciate about the Jewish calendar is the way that the…

Chanukah

Kislev 5777

Kislev: Chanukah

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For Kislev we offer you a brand new podcast, “Chanukah: The Tofu of Jewish Holidays…

Tevet 5780

The message of Chanukah: We can Change the World!

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The festival of Chanukah is unique in that it spreads across two Hebrew months. It…

Kislev 5780

Chanukah as a Lesson in Adaptive Leadership

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If it’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev, it must mean that we are almost there. The Jewish festival of light – Chanukah – which falls on the 25th Kislev (this year the…

Tevet 5779

The Light in the Darkness

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We hope you had an enjoyable and light-filled Chanukah, during the darkest time of the…

Kislev 5778

Chanukah – A Festival of Rededication

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As Kislev begins our thoughts turn to Chanukah: the Festival of Lights. While Chanukah is…

Tevet 5777

New Years and New Resolutions

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Winter is… here. We have arrived at the darkest part of the year, and the…

Happiness

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Tishrei 5780

Joyful Communities

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Shana Tova! Welcome to the first month (Tishrei) of 5780! The month of Tishrei is…

Adar 5778

Purim - Keeping the Happiness Alive 

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Shalom and Chodesh Tov for Adar! This month we celebrate the most happy and fun…

Nisan 5777

Nisan: Happiness, Pesach and Jewish Life

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It’s Spring! This means that Pesach (Passover) is just around the corner! One of the names…

Many Voices

Adar 5781

Thinking out of the Box and Playing by the Rules

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When the Hebrew month of Adar comes round many start thinking about Purim, fun, costumes...
Nisan 5778

Nisan: Creating Inclusivity

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Shalom, On Seder night (coming up this year on March 30th) we make the powerful…

Shevat 5778

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Diversity and Debate

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Shalom, It may be cold outside, but soon spring will come and the natural world…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Jewish Learning

Tammuz 5781

Learning From Each Other

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By Dr. Dragana Stojanović As community professionals, we often find ourselves occupied with daily tasks:…

Kislev 5781

Enduring Legacies: Rabbi Sacks & Rabbi Steinsaltz

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As we enter the month of Kislev, in which we will be celebrating the festival…

Cheshvan 5781

Grow & be inspired with lifelong Jewish learning

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Cheshvan. Chesvan is the only month in...
Sivan 5780

Standing At Sinai. Again.

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Chodesh Sivan Tov!On the 6th of Sivan (this year beginning on the evening of 28th...
Shevat 5779

Choose Your 2019 Jewish Learning Journey!

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Chodesh Tov & Happy 2019! Yesod was established to support the dedicated and hard-working professionals…

Shavout

Sivan 5780

Standing At Sinai. Again.

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Chodesh Sivan Tov!On the 6th of Sivan (this year beginning on the evening of 28th...
Sivan 5778

The Power of a Shared Vision

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Chodesh Tov! The Hebrew month of Sivan is here and very soon we celebrate Shavuot…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Sivan 5777

Shavuot – Ruth and Jewish Peoplehood

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Last month we focused on the holiday of Shavuot, which falls on the 6th and…

Pesach

Nissan 5780

A Nation of Educators

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Chodesh Tov, While the world around us is struggling to come to terms with these...
Nisan 5778

Nisan: Creating Inclusivity

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Shalom, On Seder night (coming up this year on March 30th) we make the powerful…

Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Nisan 5777

Nisan: Happiness, Pesach and Jewish Life

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It’s Spring! This means that Pesach (Passover) is just around the corner! One of the names…

Purim

Adar 5780

Esther and Accepting the Call to Leadership

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar!Happy is in fact the operative word here. The Talmud tells us...
Adar 5778

Purim - Keeping the Happiness Alive 

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Shalom and Chodesh Tov for Adar! This month we celebrate the most happy and fun…

Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Shevat 5777

The promise of Spring…

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Chodesh Tov! Even in the depths of winter, there is the promise of Spring. According…

Evaluation

Elul 5778

The Challenge of Change

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Elul. This is an anticipatory time of…

Av 5778

Taking Stock and Measuring Success

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Chodesh tov! In last month’s newsletter we learnt from Colin Bulka, Director of JDC Hungary,…

Tammuz 5778

Aiming Smart

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  Chodesh Tov! Shalom, and Chodesh Tov from the relatively quiet month of Tammuz. This…

Tammuz 5777

Tammuz – Planting for the Future

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As Jewish community professionals and educators, we tend to be focused on the future. We…

Tu B’shvat

Shvat 5780

Tu B’Shvat – A Call to Ethical & Environmental Responsibility

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Shvat!The month of Shvat contains the minor festival of Tu B’Shvat. This literally...
Tevet 5777

New Years and New Resolutions

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Winter is… here. We have arrived at the darkest part of the year, and the…

Sukkot

Tishrei 5780

Joyful Communities

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Shana Tova! Welcome to the first month (Tishrei) of 5780! The month of Tishrei is…

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Israel

Iyar 5780

Finding Hope in Our Past for the Future

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the new month of Iyar. For many of us (if...
Iyar 5778

Celebrating 70 Years!

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Welcome to the month of Iyar, and this month’s Yesod newsletter. This is a packed…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Storytelling

Nissan 5780

A Nation of Educators

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Chodesh Tov, While the world around us is struggling to come to terms with these...
Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Shevat 5777

The promise of Spring…

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Chodesh Tov! Even in the depths of winter, there is the promise of Spring. According…

Environment

Shvat 5780

Tu B’Shvat – A Call to Ethical & Environmental Responsibility

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Shvat!The month of Shvat contains the minor festival of Tu B’Shvat. This literally...

Rosh Hashanah

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Yom Kippur

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Jewish Peoplehood

Cheshvan 5778

Peoplehood in Practice: The JCC Model

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The last few weeks have been a perfect time to see Jews functioning as a…

Sivan 5777

Shavuot – Ruth and Jewish Peoplehood

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Last month we focused on the holiday of Shavuot, which falls on the 6th and…

Management

Iyar 5781

What If They Get It Wrong? Talmudic Wisdom For Delegators And Those Delegated To

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss For many, it is hard to delegate. What happens if the…