Vesak: Birthday of the Buddha

Today, around the world, people are celebrating Vesak, the birthday of the Buddha.  For many of us in Western culture, this day is a complete enigma.  Luckily, we have Zack Burns, an English major at Middle Tennessee State University, to help us with a brief overview of the holiday.  I met Zack at Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael …

Easter 2018, Pesach 5778

“Allelulia, He is risen!” – What a joyous phrase. This is the time of year that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and our liberation from the wages of sin. For close to two millennia, Christians around the world have celebrated Easter, this holiest of days. While this is indeed an event to be celebrated …

YOAM is Yours

I am in awe of the sheer power of youth. There is a veracity that that comes only from the unencumbered nature of youth, as we’ve seen across this globe in recent days.  There is a resilience built into the DNA of youth that allows them to persist against all voices that say they shouldn’t.  …

Board of Directors

Earlier this week, we announced the incorporation of Youth On A Mission, we wanted to give you fair warning that some changes are headed YOAM’s way – a lot of them sooner rather than later.  One of the first things you will notice is that the official YOAM governing body is now a board of …

An Announcement

I know I’ve shared this before, but today – on International Women’s Day – it felt oh so fitting to share it again.  See, around here at YOAM, we only exist because of the relentless persistence and vivid dreaming of women and all those who gathered around them to make YOAM what it is today. …