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Apply for a Blog Aug 21, 2019, 10:02 PM Inspiring Future Leaders: Conservative/Masorti Movement World-Wide In 2007, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote an influential thought piece entitled “The Odyssey Years.” Brooks observed that “there used to be four common life phases: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Now, there are at least six:... Aug 15, 2019, 1:40 AM Join a Jewish Youth Group: Case Study — USY/Noam Jewish identity during Young Adulthood is being challenged more than ever. Teens report unprecedented levels of stress – e.g. self-esteem issues, coping with academic pressure, dealing with disappointments, and managing degrees of anxiety or even depression. On Campus -... Aug 7, 2019, 5:13 AM The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin z”l At the height of the Second Lebanon war, on Aug. 1, 2006, Michael Levin, 22, was fatally wounded by Hezbollah sniper fire during a house-to-house battle in southern Lebanon. He was the first paratrooper and the only American soldier... Jul 31, 2019, 11:27 PM Providing Rabbinic Leadership – Case Study: The Rabbinical Assembly The pre-modern rabbi generally could be found either at an academy of learning, often as a rosh yeshivah, or as a participant in the local bet din. As part of the effort to prove Jewry worthy of modern-day citizenship ,... Jul 20, 2019, 1:09 AM Religious Pluralism Has Arrived in Israel: Case Study – The Masorti Movement Israel was established in 1948 by Socialist Zionist leaders like Ben Gurion. They agreed to a draft exemption to accommodate 400 Haredi young men. It was assumed that Ultra-Orthodoxy would wither and fade away. The Founders handed civic religious... Jul 12, 2019, 10:47 PM Senator Sanders: Here Is Why ‘The Occupation’ Has Lasted Since 1967 Senator Bernie Sanders has been a long-time advocate of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Yet he appears in a photo proudly holding a sign with members of IfNotNow, reading “Jews against the Occupation.” Since presidential aspirant Sanders... Jul 9, 2019, 7:59 PM Send Your Child to a Jewish Summer Camp: Case Study – Camp Ramah It’s summertime. Many parents send their children to generic camps specializing in sports, swimming, and the outdoors. This is an understandable and praiseworthy choice. Potentially much more transformative in the life of a child is a JEWISH summer camp!... Jul 3, 2019, 12:13 AM Only In America: July 4th – The USA and Its Jews The late Harry Golden wrote a best-seller, which made famous for Jewish immigrants and their offspring the phrase “Only In America.” As America celebrates Independence Day, it is fitting similarly to reflect about the blessings of the USA for its... Jun 14, 2019, 11:48 PM “Shtisel” Comes to New Jersey On June 13th, the 900+ households of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey, hosted the New Jersey debut of the cast and producer of the Israeli television smash hit “Shtisel.” We were most grateful to our partners: the... May 31, 2019, 6:07 PM Yom Yerushalayim: Let’s Remember and Rejoice When I ask about Jerusalem from people returning from Israel, I often hear expressions of profound joy: “At the KOTEL – Suddenly I was home. And I had never been here before. And I cried.” “Jerusalem  –  No adjectives. No pictures. No... Load more About Me Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD has been the religious leader of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey since 1979. From … 1993 to 1995 he served as President of the International Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. From 2000 - 2005 he was President of the World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues. He served as Chair of the Foundation for Masorti Judaism in Israel from 2010-2014. He currently serves as the president of Mercaz Olami. He is the author of It All Begins With A Date: Jewish Concerns About Interdating; Preserving Jewishness In Your Family: Once Intermarriage Has Occurred; as well as Alternative to Assimilation: A Social History of the Reform Movement in American Judaism, 1840-1930.