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

by Bailey Lininger – Tamarak Camps, Ortonville MI 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 the weekly Torah portion and what they’ve learned from their experiences with place in their host communities for the year. Views expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Hazon. Be sure to check back weekly!  Parshat Mikeitz   At the beginning of December, the current cohort of JOFEE Fellows convened for the first time since our initial training seminar in June.  We traveled, some of us for just a few miles, others for thousands, and came together at the Leichtag Commons property in Encinitas, California.  There, we had the privilege of spending five days together.  We learned, collaborated, challenged and celebrated each other, and renewed our passion for the work that we are doing as JOFEE fellows across the country. This week, the Torah portion is Mikeitz, and it begins with a story of Joseph helping Pharaoh to interpret his dreams.  When reading this passage, I was struck by the sense […]

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