Eser to the Rescue: Passover Edition

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May 9, 2014

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The story of freedom, the props – 10 plague finger puppets, the inflatable matzah beach ball, the food (you know your yearly serving of gefilite fish was something to complain about BUT also an awesome way to get an extra dose of horseradish), the fashion (when your […]

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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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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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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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The Man in the Mikveh

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Participant, Eser
December 19, 2013

By the time you are reading this, I will have married the love of my life, Rachel. Before our wedding, we had the opportunity to complete the mitzvah of immersing in the mikveh at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton.  ow I got to the mikveh is very important to understanding my experience. As a founding lay […]

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Uncovering the Secrets in Our Midst

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Group Leader, Eser
November 25, 2013

The Ten Best-Kept Jewish Secrets. A pretty catchy theme, right? After all, who wouldn’t want to know what these secrets are and how they can bring meaning to our lives? But our theme isn’t just a catchy title drummed up for marketing; the planning committee chose it because we believe the topics we will learn […]

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Eser: A Place for Sharing and Connecting

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Participant, Eser
August 16, 2013

Due to the hustle of my weekly routine, many things get put aside for later. But, once I enrolled in Eser, it quickly became my priority. It served as an oasis of goodness in my week and helped me gain perspective. I could express myself and explore my Jewish identity, an identity that my normal, […]

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From Abu Dhabi to Eser in Newton

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Participant, Eser
March 3, 2013

Participating in Eser has been a meaningful, refreshing and healing experience. I’ve been in and out of Jewish communities for much of my young life.  As a preteen, I convinced my parents to join a synagogue because I’d watched my cousins lead services, read from the Torah, and generally be the center of attention at […]

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