Parsha Tsav: Eternal flames

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Tzav, teaches us an important lesson about continuity. Tzav continues the Book of Leviticus’s instructions about the Kohanim (Priests) and the holy services to be conducted in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and later the Temple. God gives us instructions about several of the offerings made in the Mishkan. The last several […]

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NJCOS and SAM fraternity ink partnership agreement

(Indianapolis, IN) — March 15, 2016 — Bruce Chudacoff, chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Boy Scouts of America (NJCOS) and David Sergi, supreme prior of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity (SAM), announced today they have entered into a partnership to promote the development of young Jews throughout the country. SAM alumni will be […]

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The State of Jewish Scouting 5776

THE STATE OF SCOUTING FOR JEWISH YOUTH IN 5776  4 Adar II, 5776 – March 14, 2016 THE CLIMATE FOR SCOUTING: We’ve come a long way. Almost two years ago, Jewish Scouters championed the cause of inclusiveness at the BSA annual meeting. We were successful in getting the BSA to agree that Scouts could be […]

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Parsha Pekudei: Exiting Exodus

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Pekudei, is the last of the Book of Exodus. It begins with Moses accounting for all the precious items that the people had contributed for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) – the gold, silver, copper, colored wool, precious stones and linen – describing how each had been used for […]

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Parsha Ki Sisa: Counting begins with you

This week, I write in memory of Rabbi Joseph Radinsky z”l, who passed away last Friday. Rabbi Radinsky was the rabbi emeritus of United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston, Texas, to which he came 40 years ago and served for 27 years. He was a friend of Scouting, welcoming Scouts to the synagogue for Scout Shabbat, […]

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Parsha Mishpatim: Learning by doing

Dear Scouts, Last week, we learned of the Aseret Hadivrot – the Ten Commandments. Hadivrot also has the root deber – speak. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel by speaking them. Some scholars translate Aseret Hadivrot as the Ten Statements. So last week’s lesson was about God’s statements. This week, in Parshat Mishpatim, we […]

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