On Sunday December 8, Rabbi Poirier and I had the opportunity of attending the USCJ / RA conference in Boston and hearing Bari Weiss give the opening keynote address.
Bari Weiss is a New York Times Op-Ed staff editor who writes about culture and politics. She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from Columbia University in 2007, and worked at The Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish politics and culture. Her first book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, was published in September. Her book is “an urgent wake-up call” exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the US and explaining “what we can do to defeat it.”
Despite this difficult topic and time in which we live, she gave an uplifting presentation about how we can maintain and enhance our Judaism and Jewish civilization for the future. I don’t think she would mind me reviewing what I learned from her ten points:
As we start a new secular year, let’s all appreciate each other and take pride in our Judaism. Come to minyan, attend a service, join us for a meal together. Let’s find each other and enhance our Jewish existence for the next generation.
Evie Shorey, President