More than Cantors: A Typology of Prayer Leaders for the 21st Century

By Rabbi Mishael Zion

It was Yom Kippur morning, and my father dragged my sister and I out of bed on a hike across Jerusalem, to learn how to pray. In the basement of an old home in a poor neighborhood, we met a band of Shlomo-Carlebach-infused, Simon-and Garfunkel singing, Hasidic-hand-clapping, irreverent-yet-trembling prayer leaders. Twenty five years later, I am still trying to understand the magic of the prayer that erupted in that damp basement.

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Building Jewish Community Through Dance

photo courtesy Yana Brook

photo courtesy Yana Brook

By Abigail Pickus

Yana Brook was already a teenager when she found out that she was Jewish.

Growing up in St. Petersburg, the daughter of a Jewish father and a Russian mother, it wasn’t that her Jewish identity was deliberately hidden from her.

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