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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Arthur Lipman is inducted as a Nachshon Fellow

Arthur “Art” Lipman, a longtime member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting from the Great Salt Lake Council, was named a Nachshon Fellow by the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS) for his work promoting Jewish Scouting on a national and international basis. Lipman, who was nominated and approved in 2015, became the second […]

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Parsha Emor: You do say

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Emor, is named for the seventh Hebrew word in the opening sentence – emor means “say”. The sentence begins, “God said to Moses: Say to the Priests …” The word “say” usually means “open your mouth and speak words”. But the real meaning of “say” in this portion is different. […]

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Parsha Kedoshim: Being holy in all that we do

Shabbat shalom from Jerusalem where in addition to visiting family I have joined in the community events commemorating Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day). On Yom Hazikaron, I had the honor to attend a ceremony honoring Israeli fallen soldiers, where one of the participants laying a memorial wreath was a Jewish Scout […]

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Parsha Acharei Mot: Thinking about change

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Acharei Mot, includes one of the most interesting ceremonies from the days of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and Beit HaMikdash (Temple), the Yom Kippur ceremony of the two goats. The High Priest casts lots to choose between two male goats. One goat is offered as a sacrifice for God, and the […]

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Passover: Counting the Omer

This week, we offer Derech Tsofeh in honor of the baby girl born to Jocelyn and Eagle Scout Adam Block on the second day of Pesach, in Jerusalem.  Mazel tov!  We have a special d’var Torah by the baby’s uncle, Eagle Scout Jordan Block, first published two years ago. Dear Scouts: I hope everyone had […]

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