Tag Archives: Synagogue

Synagogues as Greenhouses

We, however, are Your people, partners to Your covenant, descendants of Your beloved Abraham to whom You made a pledge on Mount Moriah. We are the heirs of Isaac, his son, bound upon the altar. We are Your firstborn people, … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer

*A Repost from 2010 What do you think about ‘prayer’? Do you envision prayer as participation in a Sacred Drama? Do you think of the Siddur as an instrument of holiness? As the High Holidays approach, it is appropriate to … Continue reading

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Gonzo Judaism – Part II

In my previous post on the book Gonzo Judaism, by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, I reflected on some initial thoughts on the book and surveyed the first chapter. This post will continue the review of the next three chapters of the … Continue reading

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Gonzo Judaism – Part I

Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein is a nationally recognized author and speaker, as well as the founder and Rabbi Emeritus of The New Shul in New … Continue reading

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Liturgy: Dead or Living?

*A Radical Repost from 2009 In response to our last post on Jewish prayer , Kari, a reader, observed that a large part of our movement carries tremendous baggage on the subject, and many people seem to recoil at the … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer

What do you think about prayer? Do you envision prayer as participation in a Sacred Drama? Do you think of the Siddur as an instrument of holiness? As the High Holidays approach, it is appropriate to think deeper about prayer. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

We should shift from envisioning a hierarchy of Jewishness to validating different ways for people to be Jewish. All Jews should be pictured on progressive stages of their own personal journeys. -Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman from ReThinking Synagogues: A New … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi

In honor of my husband, who’s a pretty great rabbi, I offer Synablog’s Letterman-style “Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi.” Number 10: Know your stuff. Be a student of Jewish texts, of Jewish history, of Jewish peoplehood. Number … Continue reading

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Creating Spiritual Homes for the New American Jew

Continuing the conversation we started at the UMJC Mid-Year leadership retreat in December, Monique and I recently led a UMJC webinar which is now posted on the UMJC website. (You may need to log-in/create a profile to view the webinar). … Continue reading

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Tools for your Shul

Yinon seeks to cultivate in our fellow Jews greater levels of faith, hope, and involvement with the world. We believe that Jewish communities should be vibrant, spiritual, and holy. As such, we are always seeking tools that further this vision. … Continue reading

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