Beth Israel brings Rabbi Brad Artson

Beth Israel brings Rabbi Brad Artson

By Rav Nadav Caine, Beth Israel Congregation I couldn’t be more excited about Beth Israel’s Rosenberg Scholar in Residence Weekend this coming April 3–5. Our scholar is my mentor, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, and promises to be a weekend of learning and stimulating discussion. Rabbi Dr. Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair…

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At the school board table

By Ruth Kraut, special to the WJN For many Jews, time is now split into “before” and “after” October 7. In the “before times,” the Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Relations Committee convened a parents’ group to discuss antisemitism in Washtenaw County schools. (See the October 2023 WJN for a summary.) They had also requested, from the…

Spiedo: Once is not enough
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Spiedo: Once is not enough

By Candace Bulkley and Trina Fuller Candace and Trina became friends in the Temple Beth Emeth adult b-mitzvah class that graduated in 2022. They will be honing their palates, visiting, and writing about a variety of independent, locally owned Washtenaw County restaurants, catering to a variety of dietary preferences. Introduce your tastebuds to their new…

The enormous weight of our history: Nahal Oz on my mind  

The enormous weight of our history: Nahal Oz on my mind  

By Shifra Epstein and Clare Kinberg Last month, my friend Shifra Epstein, an Israeli folklorist and longtime Ann Arbor resident, sent me a series of messages about Kibbutz Nahal Oz, which was among the first communities in the Otef Azza/Gaza Envelope to be invaded and brutalized by Hamas on October 7. Shifra wrote me, “In…

Highlighting humanity: The hope of two progressive Jews in the aftermath of October 7

Highlighting humanity: The hope of two progressive Jews in the aftermath of October 7

By Micah Sweet and Matan Berg October 7, 2023, was a day that neither of us expected. As we woke up that Saturday morning, we were horrified by dozens of news notifications of an unprecedented terrorist attack on the Jewish people. We were sad, shocked, angry, and confused all at once — more than anything…

Impactful tutoring program needs more volunteer tutors

Impactful tutoring program needs more volunteer tutors

By Caroline Nathans, Director of FLI-Ypsilanti Schools Program The COVID pandemic disrupted the education of millions of American children, and children from economically disadvantaged families and communities lost even more ground. Education policy makers have advocated for high-quality tutoring, but one of the biggest challenges is finding enough tutors for the many children who need…