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YCT Launches LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives and Welcomes Its First Director

YCT is pleased to announce the launch of its LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives and the hiring of David Pernick as Director of the Initiatives. The LGBTQ+ Community Initiatives project seeks to help create a culture of true inclusion in Orthodox communities for our LGBTQ+ members.   The need for such a project...

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Synagogue Teshuva

By Rabbi Jonathan Leener for eJewishPhilanthropy For many American Jews, the synagogue is totally irrelevant. As an institution, the synagogue is often viewed as being sterile and unwelcoming. Authenticity and inclusivity are not often associated with synagogue life. Membership decline and building closures are now commonplace. We could use COVID-19...

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I’m a Rabbi With Mental Illness and I’m Done Trying to Hide My Pain

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), for Alma. Content warning: suicidal ideation I live with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. As a rabbi, cantor, actor and author, that’s not how I usually introduce myself. But this summer I spent three and a half weeks at an in-patient facility tending to...

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Jewish Daily Forward: A Chicago Orthodox rabbi reaches out to his Rohingya and Black neighbors

By Joshua Flanders Read the original story in the Jewish Daily Forward here. In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out. As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals,...

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In Haifa Coronavirus Ward, a US-Trained Rabbi Helps Muslims Keep the Faith

Interview with Rabbi Mike Schultz (’08) by Nathan Jeffay in The Times of Israel  As Israel’s third wave COVID cases surge, Rabbi Mike Schultz dons his hazmat suit, and prepares to talk about Allah. Israel’s Arab citizens have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which means that 12 years...

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Open Doors

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek for Tablet Magazine His door was unlocked. Two weeks prior, a man took advantage of this basic act of radical kindness when Grafton Thomas burst through Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home in Monsey, N.Y., slashing at people with an 18-inch machete, leaving one man in critical condition....

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