Will Berkovitz

Rabbi Will Berkovitz is Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service, which delivers essential human services to vulnerable people in the Puget Sound region.

All Stories by Will Berkovitz

The Talmud has a lesson for our cancel-culture world

By Will Berkovitz — July 17, 2020
(RNS) — As our ancient rabbis understood, debate — and the people who engage in it — is vital to advancing society.

What the Book of Jonah can teach us about the global refugee crisis (COMMENTARY)

By Will Berkovitz — October 9, 2015
(RNS) For $20,000 you can take your family on a luxurious Mediterranean cruise. Or you can pay a smuggler to take your family on overcrowded life raft or rubber fishing dinghy, and pray they make it to the European coast without drowning.

Tending the soil of the soul to keep the weeds away (COMMENTARY)

By Will Berkovitz — October 9, 2014
(RNS) As a not-so-famous blue-collar sage once told me: “Selfishness and entitlement are such fast-growing weeds.”

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur (COMMENTARY)

By Will Berkovitz — October 3, 2014
(RNS) I believe in the great and small miracles that surround us every day. And I believe God is present everywhere if we only look. But that does not absolve God. I am demanding God take responsibility. I demand an accounting.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The graduation speech I wish I could give

By Will Berkovitz — May 18, 2012

(RNS) For now, forget about your career and what you will become. Don’t worry that your grade in bio-statistics or geology won’t land you that great job. It’s probably not that great anyway. Now is the time to focus on who you are going to become. By Will Berkovitz.

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