The Impact Of Israel

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Assimilation. Apathy.  Absorption. Last month, in the release of the Pew Research Center’s study of U.S. Jews, a bleak picture was painted of what the American Jewish community will look like by the end of this generation. On the other hand, there were highly optimistic numbers in certain pockets of our faith as well, with… Read More

Let’s Thank Family Caregivers

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Every November, the president of the United States proclaims that month as  National Family Caregivers Month.  It is designated as time to thank, support, educate and celebrate the more than 90 million family caregivers across the country who provide $450 billion in “free” care-giving services. It is hard to believe that two out of every… Read More

Thanksgivukkah: Abe Lincoln the Maccabee

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I have fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving. I can’t quite remember what was on the annual menu, but I do remember the feelings of familial warmth and cohesion. In the midst of the manic pace of life, the last Thursday in November offered us the opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. I… Read More

David vs. Goliath

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We all grew up with the biblical story of David and Goliath. Of all the various stories from the Bible, as a child it was the one I would read over and over again. The story of the young boy defeating — against all odds — the massive giant is a lesson we adults apply… Read More

Show, Don’t Tell

We all wonder why people either buy or don’t buy from us. You must understand your buyers’ psychology. In order for someone to make a purchase they must have the following three issues satisfied: > They must feel like they know you. > They must feel like they can trust you. > They must like… Read More

Twitter 101

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In light of the recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) a few weeks ago and many email requests to teach Twitter to individuals, here is a 101 tutorial on Twitter and how to tweet. Hopefully, you will see how its real-time strength works for businesses and creates opportunities to get messages out to the world. You… Read More

Thanksgivukkah And The Knaidel

Many of us celebrated Arvind Mahankali’s victory at the national spelling bee last May. Why? Arvind is not a MOT (Member of the Tribe). We celebrated because he won by spelling knaidel, those fluffy floaters we relish on Passover and Shabbat. Putting aside the proper spelling of knaidel, the fact that it appears in the… Read More

Why I Choose To Be A Soldier Instead Of A Student

It was like something out of a comedy sketch. I stood at the front of the classroom, nervous, and launched into the Hebrew-language presentation I had prepared for that day’s lesson. I say launched, but really it was closer to a sputtering. A stammering verbal “balagan” riddled with grammatical mistakes and laced with “Baltimorese” undertones…. Read More

CLTC Is The Place For Me

Who would have thought that the best summer of my life could have taken place in Mukwonago, Wisconsin?  CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) is one of BBYO’s summer program opportunities, where I spent 12 amazing days learning about how to become a Jewish leader in my chapter and in my Jewish community as a whole…. Read More

Engaging Volunteers

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In today’s busy, fast-paced world, in which our schedules are filled with obligations to both career and family, free time truly is a luxury. When members of our community make the choice to use their free time to give back to the community in which they live and work, they want to know that the… Read More