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02/08/2018

My Jewish Learning: An Old Story for Modern Times

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My Jewish Learning: An Old Story for Modern Times

A long time ago in medieval Spain, there were three great religious leaders. Saladin was the leader of Muslims. Don Pedro led the Christians. And, the Jews were led by Ephraim Santzi. These leaders wanted to know which of their faiths was the true religion of the one God. Ephraim, in an attempt to answer the question and not offend his colleagues, responded with a story.

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01/11/2018

My Jewish Learning: What’s in a Name?

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My Jewish Learning: What’s in a Name?

Babies, babies, babies! It seems like I’m learning of a new birth or pregnancy daily. I love hearing these couples’ good news, celebrating with them, witnessing the love and excitement, hope and anticipation of discovering who these new souls will become and what their future accomplishments will be. Each new baby brings new opportunities, new possibilities, new joys.

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12/14/2017

My Jewish Learning: When Your Role Model Disappoints You

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My Jewish Learning: When Your Role Model Disappoints You

He lied to me. Yep, that’s right. A person I looked up to and admired lied straight to my face. At first, I was pretty ticked off. Then, I felt disappointed. Later, I was just plain sad. I’m not really sure how to process this. I want to resolve my feelings, but am finding it difficult to get past this moment.

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09/14/2017

My Jewish Learning: Feeling the Love in Israel

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My Jewish Learning: Feeling the Love in Israel

If you don’t know your history, you don’t know where you are going,” said one of the participants as we were seated together in a circle. Twenty couples with diverse backgrounds, faiths and practices. Some have children. Some do not. But what we all have in common is some connection to Judaism and a desire to learn so we can figure out the next steps to our own personal journeys.

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12/22/2016

Alternative Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

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Alternative Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

Looking for a new ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your family this year? Check out 8 Nights of Alternative Giving, brought to you by jHUB, a joint initiative of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) that connects interfaith families to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland, and to each other.

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09/30/2016

New Year is Time to Thank Interfaith Families

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New Year is Time to Thank Interfaith Families

Thank you: two simple words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising your children with us. Thank you for being with us.

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09/30/2016

What My Road Trip Taught Me

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What My Road Trip Taught Me

My husband and I took a weekend getaway to Toronto. Crossing the Peace Bridge into Canada, it struck me how only one lane was allowing entry into the United States, while several lanes were entering Canada. I wondered, “How welcoming does it feel to those who wish to enter the United States?”

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09/02/2016

Back to School: There's a Prayer for That

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Back to School: There's a Prayer for That

I feel a little anxiety. A little sadness. I’m excited, but also a little helpless. For the first time, my kids don’t want me to drive them to school. I expect this from my middle schooler, but my 9 year old? When did he stop needing me?

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08/10/2016

Read Now: Rabbi Mersack's "My Jewish Learning" Blog

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Read Now: Rabbi Mersack's "My Jewish Learning" Blog

It was mid-morning on a Wednesday. I was serving as visiting faculty at our regional Reform Jewish overnight camp and was sitting with 50 high school age campers when Hitler started speaking. I had to resist the urge to leave the room when I heard that voice and its inflammatory speech. I listened uncomfortably to those hate-filled words, but what came next was inspiring. This program was part of a regularly scheduled daily shiur (educational lesson).

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04/22/2016

Seder in a Box Can Help Start your Passover

Tags: Interfaith, Young Adults, Family, Education, Federation, PR

Seder in a Box Can Help Start your Passover

Ariella Payne of Lakewood found jHUB’s Seder in a Box so helpful last year, she requested More Seder in a Box for Passover this year.

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