The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of traveling to Little Rock, AR, for the dedication of an installation containing a sapling from Anne Frank’s tree at the Clinton Presidential Center. The project was a partnership of the local Congregation B’nai Israel sisterhood and the Clinton Center. When the sisterhood president heard about The Sapling Project, she was inspired to begin the five-year journey that would lead to that moment.
Anne Frank lovingly wrote about "her" tree throughout her famous diary and for decades it remained outside the secret annex that has become a memorial...Read More
I confess to being a bit jaded after 30+ years as a public policy activist (40+ years if you want to count my high school and college activism during the early era of the fight for Soviet Jewry).
Over the years, I’ve come to learn that you "win some, lose some." When we win, victory can be fleeting and there will be others who will try to chip away at our success – think reproductive rights and health care reform. When we lose, there will always be future opportunities for progress and we need to take a long term approach – think about the ongoing fight against poverty and...Read More
Today is the commemoration of Bloody Sunday – that day in Selma, AL 50 years ago that is seared into our visual memory, even for those who were not there or not even alive at that time. Hundreds of civil rights activists standing toe to toe with hostile state troopers wielding billy clubs and an angry mob ready to attack. Like Moses standing before Pharoah, they choked down their fears and dared to ‘speak truth to power.’
Many heroes joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that day and throughout the struggle for civil rights. Our nation’s soul owes them a...Read More
Monday mornings are often difficult, especially on a frigid, dreary morning, with snow-covered sidewalks and slushy streets. That was certainly true this week, but for a different reason. I began my work week braving the cold and the wind with a group of other rabbis and activists convened by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) outside of the Ugandan mission. There we sought to deliver a letter signed by hundreds of rabbis urging the Ugandan president to reject legislation that would criminalize homosexuality and threaten gay men and lesbians with prison, torture, or even death....Read More