Becoming Witnesses


TEL AVIV – When I landed at Ben Gurion Airport 10 months ago everything felt different. That makes sense in context; life in Israel before Oct. 7 and after are […]

Springtime in January


Tu B’Shvat never made sense to me growing up. Sometime in January, the Sunday school classrooms became flooded with stacks of plastic pots, bags of rich black soil, and tiny, […]

Here When You Need It Most


Austin Zoot is the Rabbi Educator at the Valley Temple in Wyoming, Ohio. For more content from Rabbi Zoot, visit his website:  It seems as though the weather is […]

This Year I’m Thankful For….


In the aftermath of the October 7 attacks and the ensuing conflict, we find ourselves grappling with a disheartening rise in global and online antisemitism. It’s a stark reminder of […]

Carrying the Burden: Taking a Stand Against Antisemitism


I found out about my Jewish heritage a couple of months ago after participating in a genetic study at a local hospital that left me with more questions than answers. […]

Never Again is Now


Co-authored by Interim Chief Executive Officer David Wise and Jackie Congedo, Chief External Relations & Community Engagement Officer, originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer It’s no exaggeration to say that […]

Imagine In Jewishness


There is a certain beautiful magic to raising Jewish children without ever having been a Jewish child myself. My two children are Jewish because I chose to be Jewish before […]

Three Weeks of War: Living in the New Reality


Israeli radio stations broadcast an alert when missiles are launched from Gaza or Lebanon into Israeli towns and cities. It goes like this:  Dededum (dramatic drums)  Alert: (name of city, […]