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How Hillel at UCLA Moved beyond Tolerance to Embrace Difference

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced Thursday the hiring of Rabbi Aaron Lerner, executive director of Hillel at UCLA, as its next president and CEO. Lerner will take over the new post Jan. 2, succeeding Marvin I. Schotland, who has led the foundation since 1989 and will retire...

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Pulpit, Students, Vibrant Orthodoxy

El Salvador: A Trip Beyond My Comfort Zone

by Balbino Cotarelo Núñez for JewishLink It’s hard not to read “Lech Lecha” as an invitation to Avraham Avinu—and each of us—to go beyond our comfort zones. In this spirit, I’m recapping my recent trip to spend time with the unsung kehillah in El Salvador, and invite you to consider...

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Amid Record Growth, YCT 2.0 Brand Identity Launches

Over the last three years, YCT has been undergoing a period of major institutional growth. This growth is being propelled by a fresh, new vision and is evidenced by its expanding range of initiatives and the generous and enthusiastic support from its growing funder base. This new YCT, dubbed “YCT...

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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 gay, trans, and queer members. The need for...

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Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Education, Klal Israel, Torah, Vibrant Orthodoxy, Yeshiva News

Jerusalem Post – NYT exposé of hassidic yeshivot brings feelings of rage, nostalgia – opinion

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz As one who was raised in the Satmar community, reading the recent New York Times exposé of hassidic yeshivot turned me into an emotional wreck, simultaneously filling me with contradictory feelings of rage and nostalgia. On one hand, the article brought back painful memories of violent corporal punishment, and also...

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