I am a proud past Sisterhood President and past WRJ North American Board member. In my sisterhood, I try at least once a year to show one of the YES fund videos and ask people to raise their hand if any of the areas mentioned have touched them or a family member. At one of those times, my daughter, Molly, was with me and later said, “I think I raised my hand for everything!” Molly was active in our temple youth group, NFTY Regional Board, attended URJ Camp Newman as a camper and a CIT, attended the EIE semester in Israel program, and eventually decided to become a rabbi and attended HUC-...Read More
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This Mother’s Day will be even more significant to me this year. My mother, Maxine Rogo, was the parent who impacted my Jewish journey to WRJ. She drove me to religious school and insisted I study for my Bat Mitzvah. She dragged me to the temple kitchen to cook along with her sisterhood friends to prepare Shabbat dinner for the congregation. She forced me to attend a SCFTY Israel trip and gave me no choice but to join B’nai B’rith Girls in high school. These experiences gave me the motivation for my Bat Mitzvah, from observing women cooking together and serving dinner with such joy and...Read More
“And the land shall not be sold irreversibly, for Mine is the land, for you are sojourning settlers with Me.” [Lev. 25:23]
The Book of Leviticus concludes with Parashah B'har-B’chukotai. The blessings and curses that come to the Israelite people if they follow, or depart from, God’s mitzvot, are delineated in its verses. This double portion offers much to consider, but I am focusing now on one word, imadi (translated as “with Me”). Imadi is an unusual expression in the Torah, and as such, carries a unique import. Immi and itti are the two most common ways to say...Read More
Growing up, I was a “daddy’s girl.” My father and I were remarkably similar, and we spent quality time together pursuing common interests. My relationship with my mother was fine, but we did not bond over a common interest (unless you count my interest in having her buy me clothes) until I was an adult. My becoming a mother myself brought us closer together, but it is WRJ that made my mother one of my closest friends.
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