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Rabbi Janet Marder
June 17, 2016

They called it “Pulse” – the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by successive contractions of the heart. You feel it on your skin where the arteries are close to the surface; you feel it in your body when you’re dancing. It’s a word that evokes the rhythmic beat of music, when the lights are flashing and the floor and the walls are vibrating from the sound. The pulse is the throbbing of life itself. 

The gunman opened fire in the crowded club just about 2 a.m. He used a handgun and a high-capacity assault rifle – the kind where...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
June 10, 2016

When was the last time you really thought about your identity, or perhaps identities - what it is that makes you, well, you? For some of us, it’s not something we think about much - perhaps we’ve had it figured out for a while and haven’t given it much thought lately.

As some of you might know, my first rabbinical position was at the Hillel at Rutgers University in New Jersey, working as the Reform Outreach Initiative Rabbi. It was the first position of its kind in the country, and my job was to do targeted outreach to students from...

Sister Judy Donovan
2016 Akselrad Lecture
June 3, 2016
Molly Horwitz
May 27, 2016

Shabbat Shalom, and thank you for having me here and giving me the opportunity to share my experiences.  Tonight I want to talk to you about my time at Stanford as a student, as an activist, as a Zionist, as a Latina, and as a Jew.  Stanford has been, for the most part, a wonderful and accepting community —a community in which I finally felt understood.  But it hasn’t been without its challenges.  And it’s the specifics of one of those challenges--my recent experience running for the Stanford senate—that I will share tonight.  

I decided to run for Stanford Senate...

Lily Dodd
May 6, 2016

Shabbat Shalom. My name is Lily and I’m extremely excited to speak to you tonight about my experiences in Israel this past summer. I went with a pluralistic program for 11th graders that I highly recommend called The Bronfman Youth Fellowships. If you know any eligible teenagers, I would love to speak to you afterwards.

When I decided to go to Israel around this time last year, I knew nothing about the country. Unlike the other North American teenagers who would join me in Jerusalem, I had no aunts in Israel who would bring me freshly baked babka on Friday...


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