Summer 2012



Women's League's SARRAE G. CRANE offers some Reflections on the Kiddush Ladies

FJMC's RABBI CHARLES SIMON has some suggestions For Fathers of Adult Children

RICHARD SKOLNIK introduces Tomorrow's Visionary Leaders from Nativ, United Synagogue's program for post-high school students in Israel

RABBI NEIL GILLMAN discusses books on Jewish life In the Bookshelf

Jewish Travel

What's Jewish About Camping?
Even though MAXINE SEGAL HANDELMAN did not grow up camping, she now spends a Shabbat each summer with 60 friends and family in one of Wisconsin's beautiful state parks

A Jewish Museum in Saint John?
SHIRLEY MOSKOW invites you to enjoy the Jewish sites in Canada's oldest city

On a Mission to Israel
On a recent trip to Israel, RABBI ROBERT SLOSBERG was exhilarated by the thriving Masorti movement but discouraged by some of its challenges

Israel for Kids
There is a lot to do in Israel for children of all ages, from petting zoos to scavenger hunts in Jerusalem, according to AVITAL COHEN

Facts You Might Not Know About Masorti
There is a great deal to know about our movement in Israel, according to RABBI ALAN SILVERSTEIN

A Personal Miracle: The First Masorti Rabbi in Ukraine
RABBI TZVI GRAETZ introduces a young man whose journey is inspiring

Jews in Georgia
A photo essay

Jewish Summer Camps

Yay for Jewish Summer Camps
Camp doctor SHARON SILVERMAN POLLOCK can't rave enough about the benefits of sending kids to a Jewish summer camp

In Memory of a Friend
His experiences at Camp Ramah help ADIN YEHOSHUA MEIR mourn the death of his closest friend

Camp Fosters Community
REBECCA KAHN asks what we can do to get more Conservative kids to Jewish camps

Ramah Fosters Community
National Ramah Director RABBI MITCHELL COHEN is proud that Ramah accomplishes so much without sacrificing Jewish content


What We Eat: Looking at Kashrut Through a Conservative Lens
For RABBI EDWARD FELD, kashrut must interweave ritual rules and regulations with modern challenges

CJ Reviews: New Kosher Cookbooks
FRAN GINSBURG finds value beyond the recipes in cookbooks – and also shares some recipes

Why Are You Wearing That Camel Around Your Neck...
There are many ways to introduce the weekly Torah reading. JOANNE PALMER describes one of them

...And What's That On Your Head?
His collection of kippot reflects BERT STRATTON'S 23 years playing clarinet at weddings and bar mitzvah parties

Making It Matter
After USY, Ramah, and Koach, our committed young Jews often look elsewhere for meaning in their lives, worries RICHARD S. MOLINE

A Ruach Family Service
Sensing a void in her synagogue's programming, PAMELA KIRSCHNER WEINFELD and friends created a service for school-aged children and their parents

Transforming Tefillah
BONNIE RIVA RAS describes how congregations offer new ways to experience Shabbat

Skyping the Minyan
A friend saying kaddish in the Hague joins RABBI DAVID LERNER'S minyan in Massachusetts

Bat Mitzvah: Take Two
Describing one bat mitzvah with two celebrations 50 years apart, LISA KOGEN illustrates the trajectory of this now common coming of age ritual

Words of the Week
It's easy to grow your Hebrew vocabulary using a new program devised by FJMC and DAVID P. SINGER

United Synagogue's New Bylaws
JOANNE PALMER reviews the changes that will make United Synagogue more agile and responsive to the needs of its member kehillot

Hearing Men's Voices: A Signature Program of FJMC
ART SPAR edits a discussion among some FJMC mentschen

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The Hesed House Social Club, in Rustavi, Georgia. Photo by Amir Halevy, who participated in the Jdocu journey to photograph Jewish communities worldwide. See more photographs beginning on page 30.

Cover design: Josef Tocker

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