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Prozdor Celebrates 87th Graduation

On Sunday, May 6th, Prozdor of Hebrew College celebrated its 87th graduation. The 26 graduates from the class of 2018/5778 came from communities throughout the Greater Boston area and reflected the diversity of Jewish life in the region. Dan Brosgol, Director of Prozdor, recognized these exceptional graduates saying, “You are the best of the best. The ones who have elected to add on Jewish education on top of everything else,… Read Article →

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Torah:  An Inheritance in this World

Parshat Behar-Behukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34) At a recent Keshet LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton, I asked the participants to consider their relationship with Torah and how it functions in their lives.  Students shared their own experiences of encountering Torah, broadly defined, while considering images of Torah as fire, water, wine, honey, oil, and milk.  The group coalesced around a broad understanding of Torah as path creator, and diverged on how much… Read Article →

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Reflections on teaching M’Dor L’Dor, the Boston-Haifa joint class for parents of ‘tweens

In learning together with our Haifa parent partners, it became clear that raising Jewish kids in Israel is very different than here. The fifth and final session of our joint Boston-Haifa Parenting Your ‘Tween Through a Jewish Lens course, a shared session courtesy of Skype, revolved around the topic of cultivating Jewish connection in our tweens. The opening text, which comes from the Babylonian Talmud, read kol yisrael arevim zeh ba’zeh, “all… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Suzanne Offit

Reembracing Sacred Time

Parshat Emor, Leviticus 21-24 Back in the late 1900s, when telephones were still commonly fixed to kitchen walls and telephone books were found in nearby cabinets, there was a memorable commercial on TV. I would see it when I watched a program at a set time every week. The ad was for the Yellow Pages, the business section of the phone book. “If it’s out there, it’s in here!” If… Read Article →

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Speaking Torah: Hesed is at the heart of our work as educators, cantors, and as rabbis

This week, I had the privilege of attending the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) 2018 Retreat –a wonderful gathering of educators, investors, and leaders in the world of Jewish day school education. Over the course of the retreat, we were asked to think deeply about the purpose of day school education. We were asked to reflect on our own values, and how we would bring those values to life in a… Read Article →

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PTJL’s First “Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens” course

This spring, PTJL launched its first ever “Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens” group. This course, taught by Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld, is meeting on four Wednesday afternoons. The eight grandparents are members of Shir Hadash, a Reconstructionist Havurah in Newton Centre. I was delighted to sit in for the first session, held in a comfortable Newton living room, and hear about these grandparents’ stories and what motivated them to take the… Read Article →

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Feelings and Thoughts

There’s probably nothing more important to parents than our kids’ well-being, their growth toward independence, and their ability to thrive in this world as both kids and adults.  And it’s our job to make that happen.  Our job to provide the resources, experiences, and dispositions that will help them be who they want to be and achieve what they want to achieve.  We want that really badly, and we take… Read Article →

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Inward and Outward Facing Holiness

Parshat Acharei Mot and Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-18:30 and 19:1-20:27) Just last week marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern State of Israel, and this week’s two Torah readings are often read around the time of Israel’s Independence Day. I would like to think about these two parshiot as a lens through which to view Israel’s sacred mission. The two parshiot that comprise this week’s Torah reading, Acharei… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Avi Killip

Return and Reintegration: A Rite and a Right

Parshat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) We start from the assumption that every leper will eventually return to the community. The “יוֹם טָהֳרָתוֹ-day of cleansing” is a given. This is a radical idea. That the Torah instructs us to exile the leper during his ailment can seem harsh and maybe even cruel, but it reflects reality. There are always people on the margins of a society, who for one reason or another… Read Article →

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A Vote for Jewish Parenting from a Humanist Dad

Parenting is such a rich, beautiful, and convoluted experience. There’s nothing linear about it. Meeting with other Humanistic Jews, through this format, made me feel more connected to the congregation at Kahal B’raira—and to myself as a father and a husband. Parenting Through a Jewish Lens is a structured way to “practice” parenting through Jewish rituals. For my wife and me, it extended the fulfilling community experience we’re already enjoying… Read Article →