Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.
Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they avoid involvement with their own religion's different movements, letting ideological differences get in the way of conversing with each other over issues dear to each. Do something to mend that divide before the gulf is unbridgeable, he urged Stuart Altshuler, a JTS graduate and rabbi of Mission Viejo's Congregation Eilat.
My family lives in tract housing in Mission Viejo. The thing about tract housing is that families are always coming and going. They buy a house, stay a few years, and move on to a slightly nicer tract with the few bucks of profit made on the first house. Recently, the growth of the technology industry in Orange County has brought in new residents daily.