The Tachlis of Inclusion: Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York

Last year the congregation had a graphic artist come in while we did a brainstorming session with our teens about Inclusion. She drew as the teens spoke and this is what was produced.

Last year the congregation had a graphic artist come in for a teen brainstorming session about Inclusion. She drew as the teens spoke and this is what was produced.


Creating inclusive Jewish spaces is a great goal — but how do you do it? While the answer is likely different for every synagogue, school, and youth group, it’s helpful and encouraging to hear about others’ successes, triumphs, and lessons learned. The “Tachlis of Inclusion” series is meant to spotlight practices and policies that have worked for Jewish institutions all over the country. We hope they inspire you.

Posted on February 16, 2017

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Jews United for Justice: D.C.’s Paid Leave Bill

"Joanna, center in the paid leave shirt, with fellow JUFJ leaders of the paid leave campaign canvassing at a family health festival over the summer."

Campaign Manager Joanna Blotner, center in the paid leave shirt, with fellow JUFJ leaders of the paid leave campaign canvassing at a family health festival over the summer.


The D.C. Council recently passed a historic paid family and medical leave bill, on which our friends at Jews United For Justice (JUFJ) have been leading the charge for two years. The bill will cover all workers in D.C.’s private sector, enabling them to take paid leave in order to take care of serious medical issues for themselves or family members. We interviewed campaign manager Joanna Blotner about the path to the passing of the bill, and how it’s designed to be inclusive of LGBTQ families.

Posted on February 6, 2017

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An Interview with Ilana Kaufman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay JCRC

Ilana Kaufman is a nationally recognized speaker, a Jewish community leader with twenty years of organizational development experience, and a published author of many articles, including, “What It’s Like to Be a Black, Gay, Professional Jew.” We interviewed her about her work for the Jewish Community Relations Council and how the Jewish community can more fully embrace its diversity. 

Posted on February 1, 2017

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Raise Game: Jewish and LGBTQ Heroes

“Raise game.” When I began rabbinical school, a friend of mine who was already ordained offered me these two words of wisdom when I asked for advice about how to handle the instantaneous increased authority that comes even from studying to be a rabbi. The point is clear: when more is expected, more must be delivered. Grow into the shoes you’re being given.

Posted on January 25, 2017

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When They Come for One of Us

In 1990, when I was 12 years old, I moved to Durham, NC, a smallish Southern college town. The Durham Jewish community was quaint; two synagogues that shared the Hebrew high school I attended. I only remember there being five Jewish kids in my public high school, including the rabbi’s daughter. Most of the kids at my Hebrew high school went to the private schools across town.

Posted on January 20, 2017

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