#GivingTuesday provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate one of the most fundamental teachings of Jewish tradition: tending to the needs of others in our community.
Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, begins Sunday, September 29, at sundown. As we prepare, emotionally and spiritually, for these Days of Awe, we offer three prayers for the season.
As a Jewish professional dedicated to issues of disability inclusion and awareness, I’m all about solutions. When I read this article, I wanted to yell, “This is exactly the type of piece that must be required reading in our seminaries!”
Our community’s strategic planning process, examining the implications of being a “traditional” community, has broader implications for Israel’s identity as a Jewish state.
There was a time when congregational leadership roles were clearly defined. Staff members served one role and volunteers served another. When an “expert” was needed, congregations either turned to outside consultants, or, if they were part of a denominational movement, they called the movement office to ask, “Who on your staff can work with our synagogue?”
Times have changed.
Like blindfolded people each attempting to describe an elephant from his or her perspective, it’s not always easy to describe what Judaism is, exactly.
What do you do to process the relentless, overwhelming, often upsetting news these days? How about some Israeli reggae to overcome the news fatigue?
I love Tu BiShvat’s low-key preparation: no sermons, no sukkah, and no kitchen turned upside down. Quick trips for food and wine, and I’m all set.
Always a proud Israeli and Jew, I nonetheless felt something was missing in my life. Meeting religiously modern, dedicated Jews helped me see the missing piece.
The movie Groundhog Day is a curious favorite of faith communities and the subject of many sermons and lessons. One year, its director taught my congregation some lessons in person when he took to the bimah.