Learning with Rabbi Adam Allenberg

Rabbi Adam Allenberg is one of the many scholars who volunteer their time to further our Judaic knowledge. With every lesson, I discover more about my own personal beliefs along with what I want to add to my Jewish “toolkit”. Rabbi Allenberg taught us about food justice both weeks he visited. Although both nights had…

Internship Update

I have been working at the National Council of Jewish Women for a little over two months now, and I can honestly say every day I am there is a gift. When I was in high school, I counted down the minutes for each class to end, I hated working on homework and especially getting…

Ben’s Internship Update

As I have mentioned earlier, I am interning at CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice). I have loved this internship and have found that it feels meaningful to be organizing clergy of different faiths for justice. There are three other interns in the office, all of which go to college nearby. My colleagues…

Halloween With Tzedek America

While Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah may have been my most spiritually enlightening holidays, Halloween might have been the most fun. On Thursday, we went to the Griffith park haunted hayride. We were immediately greeted by Professionally¬†styled actors, convincingly portraying ghouls, witches and movie characters only true horror fans can name. I was fortunate enough…

Dinner Guests

Around two or three times a week, dinner guests graciously volunteer their time to teach us, talk about their lives, and break bread. This past week, four unique guests came over for dinner.¬† Jeremy: USC Student/ Sustainability Studies Major/ Takes the Road Less Traveled One of Abby’s students, Jeremy, came to our house to tell…

Simchat Torah

I spun around a circle holding hands with people I had never met before and danced with them like I had known them for 15 years. This was the Simchat Torah celebration at Ikar. Simchat Torah is the celebration of the starting over reading the Torah from the beginning. The Simchat Torah service is less…

A Double Take

As a freshmen in high school I was taken on a field trip to The Museum of Tolerance. Our tour was through the Holocaust museum. As a kid, this day was very impactful, but once I left, nothing in me seemed to change. Going back as an eighteen-year-old, I didn’t expect much to differ from…