President’s Note: Welcome to Our Spring Issue!

By Margie Miller

Care is the theme of our Spring 2019 New Outlook. Within these pages, we explore various elements of spiritual care, self-care, and the altruistic caring of ourselves and others. Our in-depth cover story exemplifies the best of both worlds, covering a pressing and innovative new program at Ramah in the Rockies, Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy.

Dr. Einat Ramon of the Schechter Institute has been generous enough to contribute a guest piece centering on her work in Israel, as she blends spirituality into pastoral care education.

Our editorial Starting Dialogue explores the idea of “self-care,” and what that means in a climate of changing opinions and increasingly polarizing dialogue. And, in her ongoing column, Rabbinic Reflections, WLCJ Executive Director Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields offers a wonderful piece on when and where one could have a meaningful conversation with God.

Finally, we have Tikkun Olam Spotlights from sisterhoods throughout North America. Stay tuned for more remarkable reports from our member base worldwide, as WL sisterhoods are doing their part to ensure that the next generation of women gets the help they sorely need. And we hope that you’ll look out for our upcoming Convention 2020 preview right here in the pages of New Outlook!

To care for oneself and others is a foundational value of Judaism. Seeking opportunities for both in our daily lives is an important element of maintaining a well-balanced and meaningful Jewish life.

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