OA Scouts learn about the Holocaust firsthand

By ALLEN OLENDER | Reprinted with permission of the Detroit Jewish News The bus, accompanied by two cars, pulled into the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ National Guard Armory in Lansing about 9:30 p.m. April 18, after a three-hour ride from Traverse City. In these sparse surroundings, a life-changing 24 hours began for 25 […]

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Parsha Vayechi: Going home

Dear Scouts: Sometimes, you just want to go home. This week, in parasha Vayechi, we read about the last days of Jacob. He has had a hard life. Jacob lived his early years in fear of his “evil twin” Esau, who resents Jacob for stealing his birthright. He worked seven years for Laban to earn […]

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Parsha Mikeitz: Jewish tradition and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving weekend, we study in honor of our American Armed Forces men and women, wishing them a good holiday weekend and a safe return home, with thanks for their service. Dear Scouts: Happy Chanukah!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In a very interesting article, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University points […]

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Religious Emblems price increase

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) has announced the following changes to its religious emblems programs: PRICE INCREASE After holding prices on the Jewish awards since 2000, the price of the Maccabee, Aleph, Ner Tamid, and Etz Chaim religious emblems will be $16.00 (plus the standard registration and shipping/handling fees). These prices go into […]

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IFJS Chanukiah contest announced

If you have made your own Chanukiah (Menorah for Chanukah) or want to do so this year, take a picture of it and submit it to the International Forum of Jewish Scouts. Include yourself in the photo! The best Chanukiahs will be selected from entries from all over the world. Please submit your entry before […]

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Parsha Toldos: Sticking with the truth (mostly)

This week’s d’var Torah is by our frequent contributor, Jordan Block, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 806, Houston, Texas.  Jordan and I offer this d’var Torah with prayers for a complete recovery (refuah shelemah) for our baby cousin, Yehoshua ben Bracha. Dear Scouts: In this week’s parsha, Toldos, our father Jacob lies to our father Isaac. No, he didn’t tell a white […]

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