Special CNS Youth Community Announcement! (& Launch of a Job Search)
A Note from Michael Tarle & Rabbi Creditor:
A Special CNS Youth Community Announcement!
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Dear CNS Friends,
The Board of Netivot Shalom is excited to share that, after a rigorous process led by Youth Education chairs Lara Hornbeck and Serena Heaslip, and with a supporting cast including many shul families, we have announced the new CNS position of "Director of Youth Community and Connection."(See the vision and job posting here: cnsberkeley.blogspot.com.)
We've been blessed to engage in a beautiful, open conversation about the needs of our over 270 children at Netivot Shalom from Preschool through High School. We are proud of the work we have accomplished thus far to support our families and children on their Jewish Journeys, and this step is an amazing new one we're taking together.
This has been a deeply meaningful process, during which we've learned from the successes of communal Jewish educational institutions such as Midrasha and JYCA as well as cutting-edge Jewish Educational ventures taking place around the country such as Edah. Our larger community is blessed by the strength of full time Jewish Day Schools like OHDS, Tehiyah, CCJDS, BHDS, and JCHS as well as the nationally recognized work of Edah, whose founders and leaders are largely members of Netivot Shalom.
We are committed to offering the finest Jewish educational experiences for our children, and because of that, we are also announcing our partnership with Edah as the afternoon Jewish educational environment we will recommend for those not sending their children to Jewish Day School. Shorashim, our Hebrew School, has served as a nurturing bridge from where we've been to where we're headed, and we remain deeply grateful for the passion Rabbi Bochner and our Youth Education Chairs have brought to every facet of our shul's journey to reach this point!
During the coming year, we will strengthen our relationships with Midrasha, JYCA, Lehrhaus Judaica, and the Day Schools in our area, so as to weave an ever-growing network of visionary Jewish learning for every generation of our Jewish family.
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&…