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A Bar Mitzvah and a Rekindling of Jewish Identity

Growing up as an American kid with one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent, I never thought much about having a Jewish identity. It was much more important to be mainstream American, and aside from lighting Hanukkah candles, heading up to my grandparents' for Passover, and occasional conversations about the situation in Israel, we weren't observant or involved in Jewish life. I didn't really feel very Jewish either -- everyone around who was Jewish was more Jewish than me.  ——That started to change when I went to China and quickly went from one of the least to one of the most Jewish people around, relatively.

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A Story in Support of DACA

As the future of DACA hangs in the balance, we are proud of our many partners and others who are working to support and protect the DACA community. We also remain committed to our efforts to help ensure that young people of all backgrounds have access to the opportunities they need to succeed, including a safe, secure upbringing and high-quality education.

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How to Help After Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage parts of Texas and surrounding areas, many of us are eager to help the thousands of people who have been displaced and a region that has been devastated. When natural disasters strike, it can be hard to know where to start and the full scale of impact is often not known until the crisis has passed. Many incredible organizations are doing important work on the ground to provide immediate support to those affected by a still-ongoing situation. Here we share ideas and tips for getting involved.

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Yesh Matsav: A Song for Peace

At a time when the world's wounds are being exposed, artists like David are leading the way in recognizing and rectifying that which is broken. We invite you to listen to Yesh Matsav, contemplate the lyrics (available in English here) and read David's thoughts about the inspiration behind the new track. 

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A Statement of Unity and Diversity in the Face of Fear and Division

Over the past two days, many people have shared the powerful words of the late Elie Wiesel, who said: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” 

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Date Your Donors

When you give an "edgy" name to a workshop on a topic that does not tend to enthuse, attendees arrive with high hopes for something "a little different." Jonah Halper did not disappoint with his highly engaging and informative nonprofit fundraising workshop named "Date Your Donors."

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From Destruction to Construction this Tisha B'Av

As Founder of At The Well, Sarah Waxman is dedicated to bringing women together at the intersection of wellness and Jewish spirituality. The ROI Community member and REALITY participant has a deep understanding of the power of supportive community, and is working to create that for others. BONUS: Explore At The Well's oh-so-timely modern Tisha B'Av guide

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A Builder of Jerusalem

I accept it on behalf of all those who see Jerusalem as a universal mirror—one that reflects the world’s challenges as well as its boundless potential. For me, building Jerusalem is an integral part of helping to repair the world.​

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Reflections on REALITY Wellness, One Year Later

Rachel Saunders, a REALITY Wellness 2016 alumna, is a futurist who explores shifts in culture and commerce for leading global brands and institutions. A human rights advocate, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Gender Equality Foundation, an organization aiding the United Nations and other entities promoting gender parity throughout the world.