2013: A look back and a look forward

I became chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting at the national meeting this spring. Since that time quite a bit has happened in Jewish Scouting. 1. Changes in Membership Standards: The BSA has changed its membership standards to remove any reference to sexual orientation for youth members. This new approach to Scouting takes […]

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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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