Parsha Bereishis: Let’s go again!

Dear Scouts, My favorite time of day is twilight, and especially so on campouts: The day’s activities are over, many hours of camping fun and accomplishments leave us with a kind of satisfying fatigue, dinner has filled us up, and we are ready for a few hours of relaxation. Nature is turning, as well: We hear the owl, the […]

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Yom Kippur: Thoughts for the Day of Attonement

As is our custom, just prior to Yom Kippur, we republish thoughts from Jordan Block on forgiveness. Dear Scouts, Yom Kippur is coming. We’re currently in the special time between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur called the Ten Days of “Repentance” - this is an approximation of the Hebrew word t’shuvah. These days are designated to get forgiveness […]

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Parsha Ki Seitzei: How will you be remembered?

Dear Scouts: Last week, we began the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year. It is a time for repentance and divine forgiveness. This month 3,327 years ago, Moses went up on Mt. Sinai taking the stone tablets on which God would inscribe the second set of the Ten Commandments. Forty days […]

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Parsha Shoftim: Keeping a moral compass

I offer this week’s d’var Torah with thanks for the blessing of a baby girl, born Wednesday night to our frequent contributor, Jordan Block, and his wife Chana.  All are doing well, especially the grandparents. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha is named Shoftim (Judges) because it begins with God’s instructions for the Children of Israel […]

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2017 Jamboree chair appointed; visits Summit Reserve

It is not too soon to start thinking about the 2017 Jamboree, says National Jewish Committee on Scouting chairman Bruce Chudacoff. Newly appointed Jamboree chairman Bruce Streger inspected the Summit Bechtel Reserve on August 15. Streger is already heavily involved in recruiting committee members to plan Jewish activities for the next Jamboree. The two met […]

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NJCOS chair announces Southern Region co-chair

National Jewish Committee on Scouting chairman Bruce Chudacoff announced this week that, subject to confirmation by the Southern Region director, he has appointed Rich Levenson to begin acting as co-chairman of the Southern Region with Sam Harte immediately. “Both Sam and Rich plan to work together to bring positive results to the Southern Region,” said […]

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