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Choosing our History | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Choosing our History | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 19th, 2018

Henry Schmidt - Shalom Institute Parshat Devarim The Torah may be our past, but Devarim, the shared name both for this week’s Torah portion and for the fifth book of the Torah, is our history. What is the difference between past[...]

Why Do We Wander? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Why Do We Wander? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 13th, 2018

Eliezer Weinbach - Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Hazon  Parshat Maasei Earlier this year, Isabella Freedman hosted a Moishe House retreat called “Wandering Jews.” Led by New York Times contributor Eli Reiter, twelve people in their twenties and thirties got together to[...]

Fear and Donkeys | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Fear and Donkeys | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 28th, 2018

Henry Schmidt - Shalom Institute Parshat Balak I thought Balak was a story about a donkey. That is to say, when I sat down to write this blog post, I expected to write about the talking donkey we’ll soon meet. Understandably, a talking[...]

Mayim Chayim and Honoring our Mother | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Mayim Chayim and Honoring our Mother | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 21st, 2018

Alex Voynow - Jewish Farm School  Parshat Chukat In Chukat, our mother dies. “Miriam died there [at Kadesh] and was buried there. The people were without water and they joined against Moses and Aaron.” ~Numbers 20.1-2 Miriam's death gets one line, and then the[...]

Korach: Disruptive Visionary or Disgruntled Rabble-Rouser? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Korach: Disruptive Visionary or Disgruntled Rabble-Rouser? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 14th, 2018

Eliezer Weinbach - Hazon, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Parshat Korach וַיֵּרְדוּ הֵם וְכָל-אֲשֶׁר לָהֶם, חַיִּים--שְׁאֹלָה And they and all their belongings went down, alive, into Sheol Numbers 16:33 I was traveling once, and my tour guide, a wizened Arab, asked me if I wanted[...]

The 12 Spies: What Went Wrong? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

The 12 Spies: What Went Wrong? | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 8th, 2018

Mollie Sharfman - GatherDC  Parashat Shlach We put the twelve spies on trial on my Chumash/Bible class in my Jewish Day School when I was thirteen.  My friend Leah Estreicher and I were appointed lawyers for the defense team. We studied the[...]

To Kvetch or Not to Kvetch? | D’Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

To Kvetch or Not to Kvetch? | D’Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 31st, 2018

Parshat Behaalotecha Frances Lasday - Hazon: Teva What strikes me most about this week's parsha, Behaalotecha, is the kvetching. The parsha (Torah portion) spends an entire chapter retelling several instances where the Jewish people complained endlessly. So, what can we[...]

Shemesh and Service Work: Igniting Holiness Through our JOFEE Work | JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 2 Reflections

Shemesh and Service Work: Igniting Holiness Through our JOFEE Work | JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 2 Reflections

February 7th, 2018

We were pleased and proud to graduate the second cohort of JOFEE Fellows last month at our closing seminar at the brand-new Urban Adamah farm and community center in Berkeley, CA. With this cohort’s sixteen fellows, we have now graduated[...]

Wrestling With Darkness | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Wrestling With Darkness | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 7th, 2017

Jacob Weiss - Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center  Parshat Vayishlach This week’s Torah portion — Vayishlach — is jam packed with complex and significant plot lines that the reader can surely glean valuable lessons from. The parsha opens up with Jacob preparing himself and his[...]

"Down To Earth" Judaism | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 16th, 2017

Chayei Sarah Darya Watnick | Edlavitch DC JCC - Washington, DC  This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah, literally “The Life of Sarah.” The title is a bit of a misnomer, as Sarah dies in the second verse. This portion instead focuses[...]

Parasha Vayeira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Vayeira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 9th, 2017

By: Brittany Feldman - Hazon - Detroit, Michigan   This week's Torah Portion, Vayeira, discusses circumcision, birth, destruction, disobedience, and devotion. With so many themes in one portion, I’m choosing to focus on one that stood out to me the most, disobedience. In[...]

Parasha Ha'Azinu - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Ha'Azinu - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 25th, 2017

By Amanda Gluckich - Milk and Honey Farm - Boulder, CO In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Ha’Azinu, we learn that the people of Israel, who have been wandering the desert for forty years after leaving Egypt, are about to enter[...]

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2017 JOFEE Network Gathering Remarks

September 18th, 2017

From Steven Green, Director of Grants Management and Program Officer, Jim Joseph Foundation We are here! We tend to wish one another a Shana Tovah while we acknowledge this has been a Shana Kashe. It’s been a tough year. That’s probably the understatement[...]

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Parasha Netzavim: Choosing to Dig In

September 14th, 2017

By: Margot Sands - Ekar Farm - Boulder, Co Parasha Netzavim This week’s Torah portion, Netzavim, offers us the warning of risks and rewards that could result from engaging in Judaism. See for yourself in a snapshot of this week’s Torah portion: Moses delivers[...]

Shabbat at Burning Man

Shabbat at Burning Man

September 1st, 2017

By: Leo Cockrell - Camp Tawonga - San Francisco, CA I arrived on playa for my first Burning Man at midnight on Sunday after eight hours of driving. I got out of my car and I was immediately aware that I[...]

Gender Identity, Oaths, and Inheritance in Matot-Masei | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Gender Identity, Oaths, and Inheritance in Matot-Masei | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 27th, 2017

Darya Watnick - Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center - Washington, DC Parshat Matot-Masei This week in the Torah we see a double portion: Matot-Masei. Combining Matot and Masei, the two chapters at the end of Numbers/Bamidbar, allows for the need to start the[...]

Parasha Pinchas / D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Pinchas / D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 23rd, 2017

By: Jaclyn Kellner - Coastal Roots Farm - Encinitas, CA Parasha Pinchas “Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel from twenty years old and upwards, following their fathers’ houses…” From here, this week's parsha, Parshat Pinchas, continues[...]

When a Donkey Speaks Truth to Power | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

When a Donkey Speaks Truth to Power | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 14th, 2017

Hannah Slipakoff, Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Parashat Balak In this week’s Parasha, Balak (Numbers 22:2- 25:9), we read a tale about the ways in which kindness and gratitude contribute to justice and G-dliness, and an allegory relating systemic patterns of oppression[...]

When It Rains It Pours | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

When It Rains It Pours | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 6th, 2017

Ryan Kaplan, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Parshat Chukat “Moses made a copper serpent and mounted it on a standard; and when anyone was bitten by a serpent, they would look at the copper serpent and recover.” Numbers 21:9 As I write this[...]

How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 23rd, 2017

Chelsea Stephens - Hazon - Teva Parshat Shelach When we pulled up, the gate was locked. We didn’t have anyone’s number. We didn’t really know if we were in the right spot. Luckily though — for me and the two co-workers (and best[...]