I attended Yom Kippur services at the same synagogue where I went to Rosh Hashanah, and once again volunteered for the youth program. It was challenging to be polite to people while hungry, but there were a few elderly people who didn't want to go into services, so I spent a good part of my day reflecting about the year with them. It felt good to enable others to be part of the jewish community.
My holiday memory is more about consistency than it is about a specific moment. Every candle lighting of every shabbat, I say the words I first thought to say when I was four years old. I won't repeat them here for personal reasons but I appreciate having something to tie me to my first religious experiences. The essence of the words are a hope for the wellbeing of everyone, which may not be an exclusively jewish value but is certainly a common one.
I went to a service at a local synogague over thanksgiving break, and it was nice to get back into the swing of things. As I've said before davening is not my favorite, but feeling like part of the community and setting aside time for reflection was great. However, I found that my jewish identity doesn't align with my old synagogue as well as I'd like and I'll be looking for something reconstructionist in the future
My hebrew and english names are both Ari: lion. My parents thought it was important to feel connected with my heritage. It's been difficult at times to have an ethnic name but I'm proud of it and its implications (teacher).
I saw "Parade," a play detailing the death of LeoFrank due to the antisemitism of his community. It is clear from early n that he will be convicted, but the play does a great job of showing the progressive rise in antimsemitism from his neighbors and the injustices done. A lot of us were crying when he sang his final words: the shemah. The play does an awesome job of making his story feel meaningful and personally relevent.
Tzedakah literally means to give or pass on justice, which does not have to be money. I donated my time on PMADD, helping to re-mulch a summer camp that runs programs for underserved kids in the pitssburgh area. It was great to help keep up a space that lets kids be kids.
Having to date things I did months ago and don't have a record of is a challenge. Following my trip, I visited Yad Vashem alone because we didn't get the chance due to Trump's visit. I took my time reading as many stories as I could and crying more than I thought I would. I re-connected with my roots in Habonim Dror while reading about the Warsaw Ghetto fighters
This is almost definitely the wrong date but it was a while back so?? Most of the people who attended the talk were social work students so a lot of our time was spent talking about proffessionalisation of helping. We also covered the importance of self care and the line between SC and selfishness. I liked the group and will be leading Jews of Social work next semester
No confirmation to show since I didn't even know this counted for points, but half of my deposit stayed with the program. I was really thankful for my trip and was happy to fund others moving forward.
I didn't take a picture but the kosher pistrami was surprisingly close to what it tastes like from the real deal. Greatly enjoyed catching up with old friends over meat and fries
I attended a 2 month tzedek fellowship through hillel, an hour every other week or so dealing with interactions between jewish texts and justice. I wasn't totally sure where to put that down
I've never missed observing Yom Kippur, though I can't always make it to shul. Davening rarely feels meaningful to me, so I often try to find a way to engage with the jewish community that keeps a siddur out of my hands. This year, it was signing children into the youth program in squirrel hill. Although most of my time was spent giving directions, I listened to the d'var torah for self reflection, and of course to the shofar. it was great to help out the community and feel involved. Especially while away from home, it's important to engage with other Jews in was that feel meaningful to you.
My most meaningful moment of the trip was looking up at the stars in the desert and reflecting about the facet that people of my cultural and ethnic heritage had been looking at that sky for literally thousands of years unchanged. The simple act of a timeless action made my history hit home, and I think nearly every jew would have something similar to gain from thinking about the history of the land.
It was really great to gather around the bagel counter with friends and catch up about the school year. We had some gossip post-trip to catch up on, and we made plans to see each other at Hillel in the near future. I'm glad that going with a local Pitt group let me keep so many of my friends from the trip
I love the Shema most of all because of the simplicity of the prayer. Repeating the words spoken to one of the forefathers on his death bed in unison with the community makes it feel like we get to fulfill his sons' promise to him. It's also short enough to say most nights before I go to sleep.
Looks like a cool service!
It's hard to win a battle, but even harder to win an information war. People's preconceived notions and the echo-chamber nature of social media make it hard for even well-meaning people outside Israel to grasp the complexity of the conflict.
I dowloaded "Jewish Pocket Prayers" because I know there are a lot of really causal blessings that I miss throughout the day. It was cool to see how everyday activities can be ritualized, and it's great that you can have access to all the payers on you phone
Education is a key part of my Jewish experience and I enjoy the projects I've seen that have come out of JU
I enjoyed the setup of this app, prioritizing religious values makes sense in this contexts, and it was nice to see common interests listed right after. Jewish dating is rough in a city where you're in the minority and I can see this being really useful to people who are looking to date within the community. I expected this but I'm still a little miffed there's no gay dating option.
Yom Hazikaron matters to me because of the friends and family who have served in the IDF to protect their homeland. When I think about all they did to protect their families, it reaffirms my belief that peace is a necessity so that no Israeli has to lose a loved one to conflict.
I worked with Bend The arc to protect Americans from the removal of Obmacare. It felt awesome to be surrounded by other jews who all cared about the wellbeing of the poor and needy
At thirteen years old, I made the decision to challenge my community to face inconsistencies in the torah. I found a section in my portion that prohibited people who were not able bodied from serving as priests, and discussed the implications of those people being denied their roles even though they were made in G-d's image. I'm really glad that I got a chance to wrestle with G-d and join the discussion that makes up Jewish culture.
Delicious and a fun time! I remember feeling very left out of a lot of food events over the years because there were sub-par kosher options and it felt nice to be in the norm
I was invited to join a family I met in services for dinner and really enjoyed getting to connect with the community and see more of PBH jewish life
I found it deeply ironic to see the presenter's compassion for refugees even as Sudanese are accused of being "infiltrators." Still, I learned a bit about the breakdown of how the crisis began and it game me a lot to think about
Aside from the kitchen running out of meat before I got to eat, it was a blast. Got to teach a non-jewish friend about my culture through food
It was great to see friends from my bus, and even some family friends back home!
My boyfriend is very close with a jewish woman who lives in the pittsburgh area and I've been invited twice to join them (this was the second). The falafel was great but nothing compared to the hummus place down the street in tel aviv
My boyfriend is very close with a jewish woman who lives in the pittsburgh area and I've been invited twice to join them (this was the first). Saying Kiddush and making jokes about jewish culture that other people got was really refreshing
Always happy to be more connected to jewish groups online so I can find common connections
I watched "Why did Israel Really Build a Security Barrier? The reason may surprise you. HR In a Minute," which I found from another participant on this page. The border wall strikes me as a troubling necessity and I wanted to hear more about the controversy around it. The thing that stayed with me the most was the statistic that the number of attacks dropped by 90% after the wall was built. It's painful to say that something that causes so much tension saves lives in the short term https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP28QVfrRfw
I watched "Why did Israel Really Build a Security Barrier? The reason may surprise you. HR In a Minute," which I found from another participant on this page. The border wall strikes me as a troubling necessity and I wanted to hear more about the controversy around it. The thing that stayed with me the most was the statistic that the number of attacks droppd by 90% after the wall was built. It's painful to say that something that causes so much tension saves lives in the short term https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP28QVfrRfw
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