Joel Lurie Grishaver
I was in England for Limmud UK. I learned and taught there. Over and over again people asked me, “How was your Limmud?” The radical insight here being the “your.” Limmud is a conference of almost 3,000 people who spend about a week studying. There are hundreds of sessions and limitless possibilities. Colloquial language understands that everyone has their own experience at this conference. What is good for one learner may not be for someone else.
Five THINGS WE LEARNED AND STILL LEARN FROM PETER A. STARK, zikhrono livrakha
by Carol Starin
Peter Stark died tragically on January 3rd. I first met him at CAJE and later worked with him on the CAJE board (where we knocked heads a few times). Peter was so talented—he knew 7 or 8 languages, sang and wrote beautifully. Although I never saw him in action on a stage, I knew that he must have been a terrific actor. Peter was smart, sensitive, thoughtful. And, for years, he was part of the 5 things Advisory Group that provided guidance, advice, and input for the columns I wrote for the Torah Aura Bulletin Board.
Our good friend Shirley Barish died last month. It is a big loss. Shirley, who went as Mom or Ma Barish, was an ultimate volunteer—a volunteer who was so good that she became a professional. She had a path that led from being a volunteer youth group advisor, to running events for the Houston community, to founding CAJE, to writing a national newsletter for small schools—and more. She was the ultimate problem solver. Here is my personal favorite story about Shirley Barish.