SCOUTING FOR JEWISH YOUTH IS NOW! The Boy Scouts of America is the foremost youth-serving organization in America. It has now become substantially more inclusive by removing all questions of sexual orientation from its membership and leadership standards. Today we have an historic opportunity to bring Scouting back to Judaism. With over 1,000 Reform and […]

read more

Making the most of Tisha B’Av

Today I am writing in memory of my dear father, Norman Block, Nachum ben Nachman haLevi, whose Jahrzeit (the anniversary of his passing away) is 11 Av, this coming Sunday night and Monday. Dear Scouts, Saturday night and Sunday we will observe the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. […]

read more

Parsha Balak: What will you do?

Dear Scouts, David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, used to say, “What matters is not what the Gentiles will say, but what the Jews will do.” This is one lesson from this week’s parsha, Balak. As the Israelites approached Moab, King Balak heard all that God had done for the Children of […]

read more

NJCOS 2015 Eagle Scout scholarships announced

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of Eagle Scout scholarships, as decided by its Scholarships Committee. The four finalists were announced by committee chair Jay Schapp and just happen to be representative of all four regions of the BSA. They are: Joshua Ryan Hurst, Leawood, KS (Chester M. […]

read more

Parsha Behaalotecha: Separations

Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Behaalotecha, we learn of many separations. God commands Moses to light the Menorah, which has seven lamps. Doing so creates a separation between the light and darkness, as the Torah says, “The seven lamps shall cast light on the Menorah. Then God commands Moses to separate the Levites from […]

read more