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Greene Family Camp Poem

I LOVE THIS!!!!! http://greene.org/2016/02/05/why-working-at-gfc-will-transform-your-career/

Why You Should Work at GFC: A Poem

Posted on February 5th, 2016

For every college student,
Each one must decide,
What to do with their summers,
They explore options far and wide.
Some wish to spend a summer at home,
Or travel all around.
Some hope to find big internships,
Or just bum around down town.

But here at Greene we believe,
That we have the cure,
For the perfect summer opportunity,
Let us tell you more!

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Become a counselor at GFC,
And you’ll gain necessary skills,
Become a better leader,
And save money to pay the bills.
From conflict resolution,
To working with kids,
Mastering a specialty,
And learning about camp biz.
Your resume will only grow,
From all the different things you’ll do,
With counselor experience,
Every employer will want you.

All Millenials should be counselors,
Levo League has told us so,
The NY Times agrees with us,
A fact some parents even don’t know.
Buzzfeed even concurs,
And they’ve got the GIFs to prove it,
If all these news sources say “come to camp,”
It’s time for you to move it!

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At Greene you won’t be stuck at an office desk,
Instead you’ll get some sun,
And when you return back to school,
You’ll be tanner than everyone.

We’re not making this stuff up,
Our past counselors see success,
In all their future endeavors,
GFC counselor alums seem to do the best.
From doctors, lawyers, scientists,
Teachers or camp directors,
Past counselors are leaders,
Change makers and electors.

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And if you ask these people,
What helped them get to success,
We betchya they’ll say GFC,
Because we turn out the best.

Imagine a summer here at camp,
Instructing a specialty or working in bunk,
Song leading at services,
Or teaching kids how to slam dunk.

We want you here this summer,
And we want to work with your goals in mind.
We’re flexible and want to help,
We won’t let you fall behind.

We look forward to this summer,
And we hope to see you here,
Bring your Lexus to Bruceville, TX,
It will jumpstart your career.

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Your Indispensably Honest Guide To Attending A Bar / Bat Mitzvah – Too Lazy To Write A Book

This is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time!

http://www.toolazytowriteabook.com/2016/01/31/618/

What not to say

This article is funny, but so true and important. Think before you speak.

http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/jew-voice/what-not-say

TCJewfolk Article about the Protest at UMN Law School

So proud of my friend for writing this.  We may not always agree on political stances, but I agree with this:

A big part of me wants to just ignore this protest, because in a sense, just by discussing it, these people win. But it must be said unequivocally: these people are the new form of anti-Semites: otherwise decent people masquerading as crusaders for justice.

Protest at UMN Law School

Dear RCA

Incredible!!

Lyrics:

You think women’s Talmud Torah is a “significant achievement”
As long as they don’t achieve too much
You say female rabbis are a “violation of mesorah”
But it sounds like nasty politics
Just a hunch

It’s not like anyone was really surprised
But I can’t help but wonder why
Why now why this is it really a crisis
When there are women waiting for a gett

You can’t take us down
With some scary little words that you write on a page
When there are facts on the ground
That Orthodoxy needs more women
In leadership positions
Because there already are

It’s your “sacred and joyful duty to transmit Judaism”
But last time I checked, sexism is not “sacred continuity”
You want “communally appropriate professional opportunities”
That’s what Maharats are busy doing with their lives already
Serving their communities
Appropriately
(Whatever that means)

It’s not like anyone was really surprised
But I can’t help but wonder why
Why now why this is it really a crisis
When there are women STILL waiting for a gett

You can’t take us down
With some scary little words that you write on a page
When there are facts on the ground
That Orthodoxy needs more women
In leadership positions
Because they already are

Oh RCA I hope that you’ll change your ways
I hope that you’ll come to see that fifty percent of the people have so much to give
So just let them live

You can’t take us down
With some scary little words that you write on a page
When there are facts on the ground
That Orthodoxy needs more women
In leadership positions
Because they already are

Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) & Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Official Joint Statement on the Rabbinical Council of America’s (RCA) Ban against Women Rabbis

THIS!

Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) & Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)
Official Joint Statement on the
Rabbinical Council of America’s (RCA) Ban against Women Rabbis
For Immediate Release – Tuesday, November 3, 2015

At the spring assembly of the Rabbinical Council of America’s (RCA) 51st Annual Convention held in Scarsdale, NY on April 26, 2010 a unanimous resolution passed amongst rabbinic leadership, stating that women can not be ordained and be considered rabbis or any other name that designates rabbinic status. This past week, that resolution was formally adopted by a direct vote of the RCA membership. Despite the fact that this resolution had already been publicized in 2010 and reasserted in 2013, the RCA now found it necessary to restate and adopt, once again, a resolution as of October 30, 2015 that bans half the population of its constituency to perform the sacred tasks of spiritual leadership.

Using the phrase “a violation of our mesorah (tradition),” leaders of the RCA have condemned any persons or institutions granting ordination to women and proclaimed that they will under no circumstances be recognized. We note, with dismay, that the RCA leadership, comprised only of men, is once again determining what Jewish tradition and law proscribe for women.

As such, we, the Women’s Rabbinic Network and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, hereby stand with unequivocal support of ANY woman, who after appropriate, rigorous study and counsel through a recognized rabbinical seminary is ordained by said institution. We applaud these women and their commitment to the study of Jewish law, history and culture for the sake of transmitting our sacred tradition to future generations. We also commend the rabbis and lay leaders who have taken the bold step of teaching, supporting and hiring these newly ordained women as clergy. We stand together with our new Orthodox colleagues who, together with us, work to ensure that Judaism is alive and thriving for all Jewish people who wish to be included in our sacred community.

University of Minnesota – Israeli Lecturer Protest

I am embarrassed by the behavior of some of the students of my alma mater. Moshe Halbertal was not even speaking about Israeli politics, but discussing civilians and asymmetric warfare. It is imperative that all peoples are not ignorant, but are aware of the facts. It seems to me that the SJP was not interested in the actual topic of conversation, but merely the fact that this man has connections to Israel. This is one of those scenarios where I worry that anti-Zionism crosses into anti-Semitism in a very real sense.

Washington Post Article

URJ Biennial Resolution Article – Transgender Resolution – 2015

SO PROUD!

Biennial Resolution on Transgender 2015

When Reform Leaders Downplay Charges of Rabbis Behaving Badly – News – Forward.com

http://forward.com/news/323587/when-reform-leaders-downplay-charges-of-rabbis-behaving-badly/

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