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Kibbutz Rabbi

“My rabbinic work here has been a delicate dance between the worlds and involves a lot of listening and constant inner work and fine tuning. I am a member of a kibbutz and live in a region of rural, mostly secular communities. I accompany individuals and families in times of joy and sorrow, offering a Jewish perspective that is often new to them. I am also involved in bridge-building activities… Read Article →

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Does God Have Ears?

“My 9 year old grandson asked me, ‘Savta (Grandma), does God have ears that really work?’ That was my impetus for writing this story. When a young child asks that kind of question, what he really wants to know is whether he can trust that the world is a safe place. In the story Savta asks Sam a lot of questions. She understands that children are naturally spiritual beings and… Read Article →

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Grandma & Me

“I have a big dream. I’m interested in chaplaincy and look forward to taking part in the Rabbinical School’s new pastoral care track. I’d like to combine that interest with my passion for children’s education. I would love one day to build an inter-generational preschool-assisted living center, modeled after JCCs, that operates through a Jewish lens. The guiding principle for this initiative would be teaching and sharing chesed. I think… Read Article →

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Linking the Generations

“I was privileged to work with a student from Ecuador who was not able to have a bat mitzvah ceremony at home, so we conducted the service in Brooklyn, where much of her family lived. We worked together for a year via Skype. I also helped her grandfather put on tefilin. He is a Holocaust survivor who left Germany as a child on the Kindertransport, and this was the first… Read Article →

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Tiling the Temple Mount

“I chose a different path than most Hebrew College MAJS alumnae. I made aliyah in 2007 and settled in Jerusalem. While waiting for my Ulpan class to begin, I volunteered at an archaeological site, the Temple Mount Sifting Project, and after two weeks of volunteering, I was hired. After about a year on the job, I began to work with opus sectile tiles that had been found at the Project: geometrically… Read Article →

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My Son the Rabbi

“I am proud that he is able to find so many contemporary applications for words written so long ago, especially when there are lessons to be learned from difficult portions.” (Helaine Braunig, mother of Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Rab’14, commenting on her son’s 70 Faces of Torah blog post in last week’s The Huffington Post.) Read Rabbi Braunig’s blog post: http://huff.to/28KwjvP . Learn more about the The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College Interested in finding a… Read Article →

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Spirituality & Social Justice

                              “I work to create authentic relationships and support others to do the same. It is through these relationships that we find God and where, I would argue, we find the power to transform ourselves and the world for the better.” (Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin, Rab’11, Director, Clergy and Leadership Development, ECCO, Lynn, Mass.) Learn about The… Read Article →

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“The Experiment”

“When I was only five, my family hosted two kindergarten teachers from Germany. I also remember my father practicing German and traveling to Germany several times. He was a participant in a new initiative in Israel called “The Experiment”, Building bridges with Germans and Germany after the Holocaust. But at the time, I did not understand the significance of all of this. When I was eight and again when I was… Read Article →

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Cantor in Prague

“I travelled to Prague for the 11th European Cantors Association conference and am enthralled by this city, this conference, and yes, the authentic Pilsner! Cantor Naftali Herstik, my mentor from Jerusalem, who is Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem and the founder and director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, was the featured lecturer, and because of his international fame, cantors-scholars came from Canada, Czech Republic, England,… Read Article →

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“Heschel would be pleased”

“My first job out of college was teaching at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I loved my work, teaching both Jewish studies and Phys. Ed. I was also very proud to be associated with a school named after the outstanding theologian and activist. I greatly admired Heschel’s unusual blend of piety, poeticism, and commitment to social justice. One afternoon at dismissal, standing in… Read Article →