Brent Chaim Spodek

Heavy Lift: AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, teaches its volunteers, like these two in New Orleans, to look at the bigger picture.

Who Benefits From Service Trips?

Every year, thousands of American Jews go to ‘do service’ in the name of tikkun olam, or repairing the world. But who, exactly, is served by these efforts.

Conversion Lessons in Agriculture and Compassion

The Jewish community has been welcoming and celebrating converts to Judaism since at least the time of Ruth, the paradigmatic convert whose story is celebrated on Shavuot. However, in recent years, controversies over conversion have taken on greater urgency, in large part because they are proxy fights for the definition of Judaism.