Transliteration and Translation 1

Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie GrishavMore than 160 years ago my father was Bar Mitzvah at Temple Ohabai Shalom in Boston. It was a Reform Synagogue with a traditional leaning. My father never learned a letter of Hebrew, he read his Torah Portion off of a sheet of transliteration. He never did learn a letter of Hebrew, but he did OKAY in the Union Prayer Book universe. He was a Youth Leader, a Temple Treasurer and a board member of the Brotherhood and the JCC. In those days, the Reform movement only ran a Sunday School. No Hebrew involved.

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Of Herorism and Identity…Engaging the Shoah. Reply

Lauriet Bellet

Laurie BelletLast night, the news reported the death of Sir Nicholas Winton, aged 106. Sir Nicky’s death allowed me to reflect back, 7+ years, to one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever shared with my students at Oakland Hebrew Day School.

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Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Reply

Vicky Kelman

Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time,
Brigid Schulte

Vicky KelmanIt’s pretty easy to describe the stressed, hurried and always under pressure lives of today’s overwrought families. We recognize these people. We ARE those people! (As Walt Kelly, creator of the Pogo comic strip, wrote many years ago; “We have met the enemy and he is us.”)

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When Colored Textbooks Were New Reply

Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie GrishaverThis is a reflection on a historical moment in Jewish Education. Originally in 1986 Torah Aura Productions released a black and white book called Being Torah. It had a full colored cover. Textbooks had been in full color for years—just not a lot of them. In 2005 Torah Aura had the negative hand-painted and that meant the book could be in color. The big deal was that the Text could now be in color, too.

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