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Becoming a rabbi later in life

Becoming a rabbi later in life

BOSTON — Ten years ago, Sonia Saltzman was a frequent business traveler to Latin America for a Boston-based nonprofit job in international micro-lending.

Evette Lutman spent more than 10 years working as an attorney representing battered women and serving as a family referee in a Michigan county courthouse.

Charles Friedman worked for nearly 15 years in his family’s business in plastics construction manufacturing.

Today, all three are rabbis, having changed careers midlife to pursue their Jewish dreams.

“Switching to become a rabbi in midlife is not like becoming an engineer,” Saltzman told JTA. “It permeates your entire life and changes who you are.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2011 12:42 )


Lod and Denver have long relationship

Lod and Denver have long relationshipTHE Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has a long relationship with Lod, Israel. In 1986, the Denver Jewish community raised over $2 million to build a community center in a distressed neighborhood that helped revitalize the area. The $2 million amount was matched by the Jewish Agency. The Denver Community Center’s presence in Lod, and specifically in an area of widespread poverty and joblessness, has helped to create a sense of community in a challenging area. The community center becam...

New federation CEOs bring more outside, less inside experience

New federation CEOs bring more outside, less inside experienceNEW YORK — A generational changing of the guard throughout North America’s largest Jewish charitable network is opening the door to new chief executives increasingly open to experimenting with changes to the century-old funding model favored by local federations. In some communities, boards of directors are tapping CEO candidates with little or no experience within the federations system, drawing from other corners of the charitable world or the business sector. In other cases, up-and-come...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 July 2011 09:42 )


Eternal friends? Afterlife on Facebook — what people are doing, what rabbis think

Eternal friends? Afterlife on Facebook — what people are doing, what rabbis thinkON April 11, 2011, at 12:02 a.m., Kiri Basner-Churches posted the following comment on her grandmother Anita Churches’ Facebook page — nine months after Churches died on Aug. 1, 2010: “ ‘In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness that brings me to my knees, in the arms of the angel’; ‘I miss you most of all when autumn leaves start to fall’ . . . “For some reason my iPod is shuffling through every beautiful song that reminds me of you, and I know you’re behind this. “...

No more national Jewish studies

No more national Jewish studiesSAN FRANCISCO — The American Jewish community spends a lot of money counting itself. So does the US as a whole: The 2010 US Census cost taxpayers $13 billion. While the era of the national Jewish study appears to be over — there are no plans for continuing the decennial National Jewish Population Survey, which last time around cost $6 million — local Jewish communal leaders are still investing heavily in surveying their own communities. Ira Sheskin, director of the Jewish Demographer Pr...
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Marcy Oster Lawyers for an American of Palestinian descent accused of concealing her conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel are seeking to bar references to terrorism at her trial. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent claim that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

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