I am often asked why Jews went like sheep to the slaughter during the Holocaust. The question falsely assumes it was possible to resist, but Jews failed to do so.
Rabbi Henry Cohen became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in 1888, he couldn’t know that he would remain at the synagogue for the next 64 years.
The Jewish mystics also understood that adversity, even tragedy, can hold the key to discovering one’s divine mission or calling.
This is a well-planned class with amazing staff, and I feel like a completely different person from when I started it.
As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.
When it is time to think about budgeting and spreadsheets, or when banks or interest rates are discussed at board meetings, I feel lost. And I hate that feeling.
We all want change, but we usually want someone else to do it. In order to bring about change in a congregation, its leaders need to be ready for it.
A recent visit to Israel by early childhood educators enriched our ability to engage the next generation of Jews with a rich and meaningful dialogue around Israel.
When our son was born, we put a modern spin on the rare tradition of pidyon haben, using the ceremony as one way to welcome him to the Jewish community.