Alumni News, Israel, Antisemitism

Trauma’s Enduring Legacy: Auschwitz to Kfar Aza

by Rabbi Jonathan Leener (’16) for Times of Israel As the sun set on an early May day in 1945, my grandfather entered the barbed wire fences of Wöbbelin Concentration Camp in Germany. Despite the emerging darkness, the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi regime were illuminated with horrifying clarity: thousands of...

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Alumni News, Climate, Social Justice

World Leaders Failed Us, But We Have the Power to End the Era of Fossil Fuels

by Rabbi Jacob Siegel (YCT ’16) for Common Dreams Last month saw an historic, albeit altogether insufficient, step forward to avoid climate catastrophe. At the annual global UN-backed climate change conference in Dubai, known as COP28, countries for the first time unanimously acknowledged the necessity of “transitioning away from fossil fuels”:...

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Young Adults / Engagement, Alumni News, Israel, Antisemitism, Klal Israel, Social Justice, Campus, Chaplaincy, Pulpit

From Berkeley to Boston, YCT Rabbis Rally for Israel

We were overjoyed to join the 290,000 in attendance at Tuesday’s March for Israel. Over 100 YCT rabbis and their communities and students from across the country came to stand in solidarity with Medinat Yisrael and to strengthen the American Jewish community. https://yctorah.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/unnamed-10-1024×974.jpg COLLEGE CAMPUSES Rabbi Ben Berger (’09), Vice President for...

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Alumni News, Israel, Antisemitism, Campus

I’m a rabbi at Brandeis. Its decision voiding recognition for its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter was the right move

by Rabbi Seth Winberg Brandeis University recently decided to withdraw recognition of the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. Removing a student group from campus should only be done as a last resort, and it’s not something to be celebrated. There must be space on campus for nuanced...

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