-KOACH is a project of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
-Thousands of students have benefited from KOACH. Many of them have become important leaders in the Jewish community.
- KOACH has provided 20 years of support and enrichment for Conservative Judaism on campus, working with Hillels, communities and individuals.
-KOACH is a resource for all students, no matter where they are on their Jewish Journey.
-KOACH provides progressive religious role models as well as programming for the entire college Jewish community.
-Five years ago, KOACH had a budget of 750K; this year, 127K
-KOACH has provided: Campus Interns, Enrichment Grants, Taglit-Birthright Israel for participants with Asperger's Syndrome, International KOACH Kallah, Dynamic Web Resources and monthly Ezine, Weekly 2 Minute Torah podcasts, the KOACH Faculty Program, onsite education, counseling, consultation for Jewish college choices and individual campus concerns and more.
-With extremely limited resources in the past year KOACH has still managed to continue to transform conservative Jewish life on campuses across North America
-USCJ Strategic Plan of March 2011 identifies the KOACH program as mission critical: "It is recognized that a continuing presence on campus for Conservative Judaism is vital to maintain the bridge between our high school students and the young adult post-college generation.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…