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Southern Snow Days

It’s a Southern Snow Day, y’all! This means a few things. Everyone should be careful on the roads or stay home, of course; safety first.

Here’s what else a Southern Snow Day really means:

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1. Everyone is required to post SOMETHING on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram about the fact that there is SNOW ON STUFF. (Seriously, if you don’t have a social media account, you get one. This is why Facebook was invented!)

2. The grocery stores are really, really low on milk, bread, and eggs. As one Southern friend of mine cleverly pointed out: “We will protect ourselves with a layer of French Toast!”

3. Kids get confused, and then delighted. ISJL COO Michele Schipper reports: “My son had -to quote him- a ‘panic attack’ when he woke up late for school, and didn’t understand why I didn’t get him up!” Once the shock wears off, though, most Southern kids love snow days, even if there’s not really enough snow to make an actual snow man. Snow ball fights for your Lego people, anyone?!

4. We get teased a lot by our loved ones up North, scoffing at our big ol’ reaction to one or two inches of snow. And yes, all right, all right. We know it’s worse up North. We know. But seriously, we’re not used to seeing weather app updates like these:

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(Of course, take note of the projections for later this week… 70 degrees by Saturday? This is why allergies are bad down here! But hey, if you don’t like the weather, wait a day or two!)

Stay warm and stay safe, whether you’re in the South and this white stuff is a novelty or whether you’re somewhere where this wintry weather and snowy-cold is getting old by this point. Cocoa helps, either way!

Posted on January 28, 2014

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A Different Kind of Slingshot

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is honored to be in the 2013-2014 Slingshot class, and selected again as a Standard Bearer.

But what does being “in Slingshot” really mean?slingshotsb

Slingshot honors innovation. Approaching things in a different way. Serving an issue or a population that might otherwise be missed. Doing something exceptional, even if it’s unexpected, or something that seems small – like David and his little slingshot felling Goliath. Thinking outside the box, aiming high, taking down barriers that seemed like Goliaths while raising expectations and changing the conversation.

That’s a pretty cool thing to do.

We also want to give a special shout out to MyJewishLearning.com, and our fellow partners-in-blogging here on this very site: Keshet and Rabbis Without Borders. Also, Camp Dream Street of Mississippi is another Mississippi organization recognized this year – yasher koach, y’all!

The inspiring innovators included in this year’s Slingshot class are organizational colleagues we are proud to work alongside. Here’s to continuing to innovate and keep using our different kinds of slingshots to move Jewish life forward in the most inclusive and invigorating ways possible.

Posted on October 24, 2013

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Thoughts on the #Shutdown: “For Our Nation And Its Rulers”…

I was listening to National Public Radio on the way into work this morning, hearing more and more details of the government shutdown. We are now into day three, and quite frankly it seems to be an exercise in pettiness and downright bullying on the part of some members of our national leadership. gvt

Who will back down first? Who will win this… contest, if you will?

And while they face off, can they believe that they are truly working for the good of the American people? People like the one million government workers who are “furloughed” and not receiving a salary; the millions impacted by government programs that are shut down; those whose health and livelihood are in limbo?

Or are they just furthering their own agendas?

I had a flashback to a prayer that we say every year during the high holidays. It’s found in the Gates of Repentance Prayer Book. Perhaps we need to say it again:

For our Nation and Its Rulers
We pray for all who hold positions of leadership and responsibility in our national life. Let your blessing rest upon them, and make them responsive to Your will, so that our nation may be to the world an example of justice and compassion. Deepen our love for our country and our desire to serve it. Strengthen our power of self-sacrifice for our nation’s welfare. Teach us to uphold its good name by our own right conduct. Cause us to see clearly that the well-being of our nation is in the hands of all its citizens; imbue us with zeal for the cause of liberty in our own land and in all lands; and help us always to keep our homes safe from affliction, strife, and war.

Amen.

Posted on October 3, 2013

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