Contributor Archives: Rabbi David Gedzelman

About Rabbi David Gedzelman

Rabbi David Gedzelman is Executive Director of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.

Peoplehood and Return

By Rabbi David Gedzelman The intensity of an immersion experience, whether it be Birthright Israel, summer camp, a service trip, or a retreat, is difficult to maintain or replicate in any kind of follow-up or continuing programming. Away from home and one’s normal routine, a typical program participant can try on new and different perspectives on what it means to be part of a Jewish community. Learning and seeking meaning can come more easily. A suspension of disbelief, if you will, costs less …

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