Why Community?

At synagogue recently, someone not yet connected with the school asked me about the community here at Schechter. He wanted to know whether that “special feeling” exists, how we help foster it, and why we do it at all. As you can imagine, we had a great conversation....

Building Community

So I have to admit, one of the things that I was nervous about was moving to Cleveland when we were expecting a child. It’s one thing to change jobs, move your family, and find a new home. It’s a whole other thing when you do this and your wife is five months...

A Staircase to…?

Tuesday started off with an unusual request. On my way to run one of the high school’s alternative minyanim, I was stopped by a group of seniors on the staircase. “Dr. Yares,” they asked, “Can we have our grade level minyan today?” Now, these same students have been...

Powerful Food

I am a firm believer in the power of food. It is an almost elemental force that reaches deep into us and has the power to change our lives. Other ideals, kindness, love, world peace, and repairing the world, are intricately related to the power of food and can be...

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