Positive Outlooks Greet the New Year

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. The discussion about Conservative rabbis officiating for interfaith couples has quieted, other than a terrible piece by one of the Cohen Center’s own researchers, that I blogged about separately. I’d rather focus on the positive responses to intermarriage as the High Holidays approach, and fortunately […]

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Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan Are Expecting Their Second Child

We are so excited for Mark and Priscilla’s recent baby news! After Max’s birth, this generous interfaith couple pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charitable causes.  By Joanna C. Valente  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan just announced some pretty big news: They’re going to be parents again–making their 15-month-old daughter Max a big sister-to-be. Of course, […]

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Why Be Jewish Today?

Anti-Semitic acts have been happening in our country every day for the past couple of months. And every day I get asked the same question, “Why should I be Jewish?” To be Jewish is to accept the challenges along with the joys. To have Jewish heritage is to be born into a club of which […]

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The Tree Strikes a Chord Like No Other

Recently, my colleague in Los Angles posted a question that piqued my interest on her personal Facebook page: “Did any of my Jewish professional friends grow up with a Christmas tree?” I knew where she was going with this. She was betting that a number of rabbis and Jewish educators had grown up in an […]

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Hollywood Now: New Star Wars, Baby News from Hathaway & Zuckerberg, Plus a SNL Cast Reunion

New Star Wars, Mazel Tov to Hathaway & Zuckerberg, Maya Rudolph joins up with her former SNL castmates

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Do You Fake Gratitude?

I’ve been seeing a lot of trends on Facebook over the past few months surrounding gratitude and if I’m honest, they mostly make me roll my eyes. I’m all for gratitude but these posts more often than not seem contrived and part of a fad rather than a real look at gratitude. That being said, […]

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An Inclusive Holiday Wish

My Facebook feed tends to get filled with rabbis and other Jewish professionals’ lives. This is the circle I run in. Around the holidays, lots of these people offer well wishes to their Facebook friends. “To all my Jewish friends, may it be an easy fast.” What’s wrong with this statement? Anything? Am I too […]

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Hollywood Now: Stars of Wet Hot American Summer, Plus New Mom Deschanel & Dad-To-Be Zuckerberg

Zooey Deschanel becomes a new mom and Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a dad, plus Wet Hot American Summer.

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