by Inbal Freund-Novick For me, this time is very difficult. We lost my cousin Noam z"l during the Second Lebanon war, his memorial day is coming up in about 10 days and this year I won't be able to be there as I am so pregnant... Anytime there is some conflict here I feel like it's going to hit close to home, I think we all feel like it as Israel is such a small country and as we all know each other. This why we stand united so firmly at … [Read more...] about Living in a Gloomy Fantasy: A Wartime Diary
by Alan H. Gill July 29, 2014: As the war against Hamas continues - with more lives tragically lost, continuous rocket attacks, terrorist infiltration attempts, and ceasefires that come and go - I want to share with you three scenes from the last several days here that underscore, for me, the meaning of community and resilience during wartime ***************************** As any of you have been to Tel Aviv know, parking is a difficult … [Read more...] about In Israel, What Community Means
by Rabbi Laura Geller Rabbi Sandy Sasso, ordained in 1975, the first woman rabbi in the Reconstructionist movement, opened her remarks [last Wednesday evening] with a quote from a Mary Oliver poem: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell the story.” It was a panel organized to honor the memory of Rabbi Regina Jonas, the first woman in history to be ordained a rabbi. Participating were the modern pioneers, the first women to be ordained in their … [Read more...] about Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell the Story.
by Ofer Glanz When an endless stream of breaking news competes for our limited time and attention, some stories fall between the cracks - like that of the war in Eastern Ukraine, afire with constant shelling, electricity cuts, shortages of food and medicine, and widespread unrest. Three Jewish women’s lives were cut short last month in this region. Did you know? Svetlana and Anna Sitnikov, a 57-year-old grandmother and her 31-year-old … [Read more...] about Delivering Hope to Jews Fleeing, and Staying, in Eastern Ukraine
by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky While we would like to believe that the entire Jewish community attends services at the synagogue for the High Holidays, we know that this is not the case. There are actually a diminishing number of people who attend High Holiday services. While former generations may have felt obligated to attend for a variety of reasons, there are many barriers that now prevent people from attending. Moreover, people just don’t feel … [Read more...] about Time to Open Up Tashlikh