Parsha Balak: Learning valuable lessons

Dear Scouts, This week, we learn the lesson that some people just cannot learn a lesson. In Parsha Balak, King Balak of the Moabites hears that God has given the Israelites victory against the nearby Amorites. Balak fears the Israelites. He seeks out Balaam, the prophet that God has given the non-Jewish nations. Balak sends […]

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Parsha Shelach: The story of the ‘scouts’

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Shelach, we learn why the Children of Israel wandered 40 years in the desert. It’s because of the scouts. Not the Boy Scouts, but the meraglim, the “scouts” or “spies” who went to see Canaan and gather information about it to prepare the people for entering, conquering and settling […]

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Parsha Behaalotcha: Sharing leadership

Dear Scouts, This week, Parsha Behaalotcha teaches us some interesting lessons in leadership. God commands Moses on the way in which the Menorah is to be lit. The Menorah provides leadership in the Mishkan by providing light so everyone can see. God commands Moses and Aaron to consecrate the Levites, who will help lead the […]

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Parsha Bechukosai: Remembering your duty

Dear Scouts, Lately we get a lot of messages about the end of civilization. Think of all the movies, television shows and video games bringing you stories about fictional events like the zombie apocalypse, space alien attacks, out-of-control viruses and giant meteors striking Earth. These things probably will not happen, just like the prediction that […]

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Shomer Shabbat Observant Contingent to 2017 Jamboree announced

Dr. Howard Spielman has announced the formation of Jamboree troops for Scouts who are at least 12 to 17 years old and a Venturing Crew for those from 18 to 21. These units are open to all  observant Jewish Scouts from across the United States wishing to attend next year’s National Jamboree at the Summit […]

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NJCOS chair announces major Tu B’Shevat/Scout Shabbat push

Following the meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting on Wednesday, May 25, chairman Bruce Chudacoff announced “a major emphasis” on next year’s celebration of Tu B’Shevat and Scout Shabbat, which coincide from sundown on Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11, 2017 and its Hebrew calendar date of 15 Av 5777. “We have […]

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