What It Takes

Two thoughts. This was my third time – three and a half, if I count the tine my family drove from Los Angeles to Chicago for a cousin’s wedding – a trip my thirteen year-old, California-centric self had described as “going to the East.” Three and a half times back-and-forth across the continental United States, […]

So Much More Than a Fast Day

Out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes. Jewish life is so directly connected to the Jewish calendar, that we too often do not internalize the significance of a holiday – which itself usually commemorates an historical event – unless we celebrate it with family or the larger community. Summertime is a wonderful break from our […]

Soft Launch Press Release

Chaverim (friends), This year Oasis will be providing exciting opportunities for our community’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to explore some of today’s most important topics – including antisemitism, Zionism, and Jewish identity, all from a teen’s perspective. We look forward to offering these programs to those attending Jewish Day Schools, independent schools and […]

Three Legs

Now that I’m experiencing triple digit temperatures, I know that summer is upon us (I mean, really upon us). As someone who has led nearly thirty (I started young) trips to Israel, many of which took place during the summer; and as a former resident camp director; I know the power of those two incredible […]

Time to Celebrate

I have Frontier Airlines to thank for it. Instead of traveling for fifteen hours for a four-hour flight, I opted for one more night in Cleveland and a non-stop flight the next morning. Unbeknownst to the trying-to-be-helpful agents, the consolation prize was not going to be a travel voucher; it was being able to attend […]

There Is So Much More

If I had kept my eye on the calendar, it would not have been that much of a surprise; pulling into the J’s very full parking lot for a morning meeting should also have given it away. But it took walking into the JCC that morning, where I had to dodge a phalanx of eager […]

The Strength of Community

Though I’ve only been writing these columns from Scottsdale for a few months, careful – or even not-so-careful – readers have probably deduced some of my central motifs. I don’t need to yell out “Spoiler Alert” to tell you that Israel – and more than that small sliver of land in the Middle East, but […]

Words, and Meanings

Although this column will be sent out on Friday the 29th, it’s being written on Wednesday, about eight hours before the beginning of the observance of Yom HaShoah (“Holocaust Remembrance Day”). As with most things, the choice of language is not merely important; it provides insight into our values. I circled Holocaust Remembrance Day within quotation marks […]

Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom.

Oasis’ 9th Grade class will Explore New York City. Highlights include: the Lower East Side, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the U.N. and the National 9/11 Memorial. They’ll meet with the Israeli delegation to the U.N., and take in a Broadway musical.  Our 10th Grade class will Visit our Nation’s Capital. Highlights: a Capital Hill […]


That long sigh some of you may have heard this week was the sound I released as I – finally – moved into my new office in the JCC. Not that I’ve minded working out of an apartment on a sturdy-and-lightweight (it says so in the ad) fold-up table from Costco, but there’s just something […]