Denomination, Shenomination: A Night of Learning with Rabbis From Across the Spectrum

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Particpant, Eser
May 5, 2014

On the last Friday night in March, I experienced an evening of true Jewish pluralism. I was one of about 100 young adults that gathered in the function hall of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline to celebrate Shabbat and the program that brought us all together: Eser. We came from about 20 different local communities, […]

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Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

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Super Administrator
April 29, 2014

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the […]

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“Wow”–The Jewish Story in Context

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens; Participant, Me’ah
April 28, 2014

“Wow.” Although somewhat inarticulate this word seems to best describe my initial feelings as I complete my Me’ah reading for the week. However, this is no ordinary week. This is the final week, the final reading of two years, four semesters, forty Thursday nights and one hundred hours of class. It’s a strange feeling, this […]

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Eser Discusses Interfaith Relationships

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Particpant, Eser
April 9, 2014

“How Jewish are you?” is how religion first came up in our relationship. Bart asked me on our second date. Even though I thought it was an odd question for someone whose JDate profile read “willing to convert,” I played along and answered. Bart “came clean” immediately: not a J. Two years later, we’re enjoying […]

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Recreating Passover Memories for Our Children

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PTJL Instructor
April 3, 2014

Scallions transformed into the whips of Egyptian task masters, an imaginary suitcase for a journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and someone in an embroidered Egyptian ensemble—these are my childhood memories from the Passover seders my family and I enjoyed with friends in their very eclectic home. Our friends had nine children; the father […]

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Do You Have a Box of Grumblies at Your Seder?

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
April 3, 2014

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens had a fabulous event at Hebrew College on March 30—   Matzah Matters attracted nearly 70 parents, children, educators and community members.  The afternoon included two learning sessions: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels discussed ways to make the Haggadah and the Seder your own, and Elisha Gechter presented various commentators on the Haggadah. […]

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One Voice Followed By A Symphony

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Director, Adult Learning
March 5, 2014

The following exchange between a student (Peter S.) and one of his instructors (Lynne H.) speaks to the Me’ah journey. Dear Lynne, It was so nice to see you at the graduation dinner for Me’ah. I still recall happily the beginning of Me’ah two years ago, studying Bible with you. It was very impressive to […]

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My Jewish Tattoo

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Participant, Eser
February 14, 2014

Beginning this week, 117 Eser participants will be discussing “Ten Best Kept Jewish Secrets,” starting with tattoos. For the occasion we asked JCRC staff member Yana Tolmacheva, whose Jewish tattoo we spotted at a Sip of Eser, to write about her ink. Yana was born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, and has spent extensive time in […]

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Do You Have a Red Bandana?

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 13, 2014

Purim is by far the silliest, most playful holiday on the Jewish calendar. Children in particular enjoy the customs of Purim – dressing up in costumes, cheering the heroes Mordechai and Esther and booing the villain Haman, eating hamantashen (be they poppy-, apricot-, or chocolate-filled). It may seem amid all this silliness that Purim is […]

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens – Reflection

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 6, 2014

My experience in parenting has been a mix of small triumphs and an unexpected and often overwhelming sense of love and pride…. coupled with the somewhat ongoing question of whether my husband and I are doing this “right” at all. Five months ago my eldest son (age 5) asked me about G-d. Who was he? […]

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