Rabbi Loren Sykes
Rabbi Loren Sykes is the Director of Teen Immersive Israel Programs for the URJ and serves as principal of URJ Heller High: The Isaac and Helaine z”l Heller High School in Israel. He lives in the Arnona neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Grants of Up to $7,500 Available to Teens Who Want to Attend URJ Heller High
Leadership Lessons in the Time of Corona from URJ Heller High
While evaluating my role in handling the situation, I found that the leadership skills I acquired over the years in different organizations and settings served me well in dealing with COVID-19. Most of these skills were learned as a camp counselor.
From Crush to Love: A Different Approach to Israel Education
How do we teach the full story while fostering a love for our homeland? I learned about Israel in a “crush-like” way, as a “perfect Israel,” a place where everything was good, right and just. I was not introduced to the “real” Israel, a place with imperfections. The Israel as “crush” approach worked for me. Ultimately, I moved from crush on to deep love with to moving to Israel.