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Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 25th, 2017

Parasha Tazria-Metzora By: Margot Sands; Ekar Farm - Denver, CO This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, continues to outline specific laws of purification for newborns, mothers, and sufferers of leprosy such as circumcision, immersing in the mikvah, and solitary confinement. Leprosy? Why is this disease[...]

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 19th, 2017

Parasha Sh'mini By Ren Feldman; Eden Village Camp - Putnam Valley, NY   Last week many of us made a trek to our family’s, friend’s or parent’s home. Exiled from our ‘normal’ lives, we may have felt like slaves to the lurking particles[...]

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 13th, 2017

Rachel Aronson - JOFEE / Sustainability and Community Engagement Fellow, Hazon  Jews across the world this week commemorated leaving Egypt to become free people for the holiday of Passover. Friends and family sit around the table together for the seder, celebrating freedom with[...]

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 5th, 2017

Parashat Tzav By: Rose Chernoff; Abundance Farm - Northampton, MA   In this week’s parsha, Tzav, we learn about the rules for how a priest/priestess is to keep the sacrificial fire burning. The instructions are to keep the fire burning all day and[...]

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 3rd, 2017

Parashat Pikudei By: Tzachi Flatt; Oshman JCC, Palo Alto, CA Parashat Pikudei tells the story of the construction of the Mishkan, built by the Israelite community under supervision of the Levites. While wandering in the desert, it became a source of comfort[...]

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 10th, 2017

The Mitzvah of Tzedakah By: Nicole Cruz; Peninsula JCC - San Francisco, CA This week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, tells the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from G-d (not once but twice) at Mount Sinai. The first set of Ten[...]

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 7th, 2017

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert: The Holy Gift of Service By: Daniella Aboody - Wilderness Torah, Berkeley California   This week's Torah portion is Terumah, which translates to "offering", "gift", or "contribution". In this parsha, God instructs Moses to build the Mishkan (tabernacle),[...]

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 23rd, 2017

Parsha Mishpatim By: Danielle Smith - Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley NY In last week’s parsha, we received the ten commandments. Before we receive the golden calf, we have nearly a whole parsha of laws showing us how to apply the commandments[...]

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Parsha Yitro - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 21st, 2017

By - Tzachi Flatt, Oshman Family JCC - Palo Alto, CA In This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his stepfather Jethro the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. Jethro is very pleased with the story and recites a prayer[...]

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 9th, 2017

Blessings, on Blessings, on Blessings: Faith and Wonderment in Beshalach and Tu B'shvat Shani Mink - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown MD In the parsha of Beshalach we have finally emerged from the darkness of egypt and we are now headed into a different[...]

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 27th, 2017

Parsha Va'eira Liora Lebowitz - Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Power from the People: A Story of How Moshe and Aharon Led the Israelite Resistance The parsha Va’eira is the story of Moshe and Aharon’s attempts to free the Israelite people from[...]

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Transitions & beginnings / a first-ever joint email...

January 17th, 2017

Dear All, This past Shabbat, we read the last chapter of Bereishit, the book of Genesis. On Sunday and Monday, we celebrated MLK weekend. And this coming Shabbat, we start the book of Shmot, the book of Exodus. Bereishit is a story[...]

Parsha Vayechi - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Vayechi - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 12th, 2017

Parsha Vayechi Rachel Aronson - Hazon - New York, NY Parsha Vayechi tells a story of transition and change. Jacob, lying on his deathbed, calls his sons to his side. Each of his sons, along with Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Menasheh, receive an[...]

Truth, Light and Forgiveness - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Truth, Light and Forgiveness - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 10th, 2017

Truth, Light and Forgiveness Mira Menyuk - Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD Parashat Vayigash   In a recent candle dipping program my co-worker Michal and I ran we led a discussion about the truth we want to bring forward during Hanukkah and the darkness[...]

Renewing Our Connections - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Renewing Our Connections - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 29th, 2016

Renewing our Connections Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented, gleanings from the field, and connections to[...]

Honoring the Darkness - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Honoring the Darkness - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 22nd, 2016

Shani Mink - Pushing the Envelope Farm, Geneva IL & Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown MD Parshat Vayeishev Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences,[...]

Returning Home - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Returning Home - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 15th, 2016

Nicole Cruz, Peninsula JCC - Bay Area, CA Parshat Vayishlach Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented,[...]

Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 23rd, 2016

Daniella Aboody, Wilderness Torah – Berkeley, CA Parshat Chayyei Sarah Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented, gleanings from the[...]

What’s Mine is Yours, and What’s Yours is Yours - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

What’s Mine is Yours, and What’s Yours is Yours - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 17th, 2016

Michael Fraade, Jewish Community of Louisville - Louisville, KY Parshat Vayera Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and[...]

Going Forth - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Going Forth - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 11th, 2016

Eli Goldstein, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC – Bridgewater, NJ Parshat Lech Lecha Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve[...]