Community Blog Dan Brosgol

“The More We Get Together”

You’re no doubt familiar with the children’s song “The More We Get Together” (but in case you’re not, watch the video here). Other than providing us with a humorous musical reminder of our childhoods, though, it also is a powerful and relevant message relating to our work at Prozdor on the leading edge of Jewish education and engagement. Last week I joined over 50 of my colleagues in attending a… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Time to Teach

Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18 Last week, my daughter and three of her friends spoke to a group of aspiring rabbis and cantors about issues of mental health and spiritual wellbeing among teens. It was a rare opportunity for a roomful of adults to simply listen and learn from teenagers, who were thoughtful, reflective, and remarkably honest about their inner lives – and willing to share what they want from the adults in… Read Article →

Community Blog Michael Shire

The Teacher

In memoriam Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz (1924-2016) Last week saw the death of one of the most pre-eminent theologians of our time. Dr. Eugene Borowitz taught theology and Jewish thought at Hebrew Union college in New York for over 50 years influencing at least three generations of Reform rabbis as well as the entire Reform Movement with his compelling and contemporary approaches to Jewish religiosity, God infused Jewish life and… Read Article →

Community Blog tree in winter

Sap in the Dead of Winter

This is the time of year when I tend to feel the most discouraged with my personal accomplishments. The winter is dragging, the days too short for my taste, and it seems that many of the aspirations with which I started the year in the fall are now somewhat distant, even fuzzy. Where did the goal of learning the weekly Torah portion with my daughter go? And what exactly happened… Read Article →

Community Blog Louise Treitman

An Opening Blessing

This blessing was delivered at the cantorial ordination ceremony for Cantor Kate Judd, Can’15 on January 24, 2016.  I was thinking back …… almost thirty years ago, in 1988, at our old campus on Hawes Street in Brookline, several of us sat down to meet with then president of Hebrew College, Rabbi Sam Schafler. His picture is now on the steps of the library here. We began discussions that led to the… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Daniel-Lehmann

Many Covenantal Paths: Catholic and Jewish Partnership

Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Yitro—named for Moses’ father-in-law—Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) is described first as a priest of Midian, and only after that as the father of Moses’ wife. The beginning of the parasha introduces us to two religious leaders who model the way different religious communities can appreciate God’s covenantal relationship with the other. Jethro says, “Blessed be the Lord who delivered you… Read Article →

Community Blog Deborah Skolnik Einhorn

Everything I needed to know about education I learned from my yoga teacher . . .

Greeting each student as they enter: Check. Sharing and reinforcing learning outcomes: Check. Differentiated instruction: Check. Kinesthetic Learning: Check. Bringing one’s whole self to teaching: Check. When I completed my dissertation after too many years of graduate school – and quite a few diapers and sleepless nights thrown in for good measure—I finally felt that I could spend an hour or two each week on a mindful yoga practice, without… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Minna-Bromberg

Honoring the Blank Spaces

Parshat B’shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16 Walking home from my set at the Jerusalem Folk Evening, I begin to realize that my abs hurt. This feeling after singing — like I’ve been overly enthusiastic doing crunches on the first day of a new workout regimen — is one I know mostly from the end of Yom Kippur; after that prayer marathon, my achy abs (a reminder that I have poured so much… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Adam Lavitt

Watching, Waiting, Reflecting: Dreaming in Times of Darkness

Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16 With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream”) The world seems like a dark place right now. I don’t know if there is any way to effectively battle institutional racism, or the rampant capitalism that is all but destroying the middle class – or how to respond… Read Article →

Community Blog Michael-Rosenberg

Living in Hebrew

My family and I are fortunate to be spending about three weeks in Israel right now—an ambiguous amount of time, longer than a vacation, but at the same time clearly not “living” here. We meander through our lives here, sometimes (as now) getting work done in a local café, sometimes taking our kids to the Biblical Zoo; sometimes getting together with old friends whom we see all too rarely, sometimes… Read Article →