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December 18, 2023 • 6 Tevet 5784

I had the thought that peace-minded, humanity-loving Western Jews should pay for a flotilla of ships to go to Palestine and save people who are trying to get out. I want to pretend that Bernie Sanders is president and …

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Jews Occupy Federal Building for Gaza

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As activists, we are all fighting for relevance as we decide how to act up. We want to make a difference. We want to save lives. We fight feeling irrelevant and powerless.

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Casting off the Sins of Zionism

The Chavurah honored Palestinians who are denied access to the sea, whose cisterns are drying up because they are denied access to the water beneath their feet…

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Ritual Offerings from the Chevra Kadisha

I have sat shmirah both in the company of a deceased person and virtually (miles away from their physical body). I experience a quieting, a communion, and a sense of lineage…

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The Scoop for Autumn 5784

One of the advisors for this publication, Julie Litwin, is now also the CC Events Editor, compiling event info and committee updates…

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August 24, 2023 • 7 Elul 5783

We are giving Hillary, our Editor-in-Chief, a break for this issue, so you’re hearing from me instead! I want to share a bit about my role as Managing Editor, and some of the things you can expect to hear from me should you decide to contribute…

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Rollercoaster of Reunification

This happy photo shows mother and child reunited at JFK International Airport in New York, after many years apart. Daughter Michelle was last in school in Venezuela in early 2022…

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New Feature: The Scoop

In addition to providing coverage on Kehilla’s member-led teams and one-by-one introductions to member leaders, Committee Connection now also aims to be a place to get quick updates…

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Many Teams to Join at Kehilla

The second annual “playshop,” titled “Many Ways to Get Involved in Kehilla,” was led by the Committee Leaders group at the annual community retreat on July 8 at Lake Temescal. 

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June 22, 2023 • 3 Tamuz 5783

… Also, I have much more patience now than I did at 20, and I want to ask for your patience too. When asking for things from us news editors, keep in mind that Committee Connection itself is a Kehilla committee and does not have paid staff. We’re only two people keeping it going…

Chesed Lessons from my Broken Arm

Several months ago while playing pickleball, I fell, breaking my wrist, requiring surgery, and, as challenges have the potential to do, it allowed me to open the door to some very profound life learnings…