Jewish Recipes : 24JEWISH Alerts Section jewish Recipes for TU-B’SHEVAT Please Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut


מתכון סלט פירות יבשים אגוזים גבינה ותרד / איטלקיה בתחנה


This recipe is full of natural, good things. A great salad for Tu BiShvat (Hebrew) Dried Fruit Salad with Cheese, Nuts and Spinach recipe

לקראת ט”ו בשבט שמתקרב הזמין שף אמיר מרקוביץ את סבינה ולדמן, חברה ושפית מוערכת, להתארח במסעדה. סבינה הביאה איתה הצעה למתכון מיוחד וחגיגי: סלט חם של פירות יבשים, אגוזים ופטה כבשים על מצע עלי תרד. הכנו אותו ביחד וכפי שתוכלו לראות זהו מתכון צבעוני, חגיגה של אגוזים ופירות יבשים ותוספת נהדרת לשולחן בזמן חגיגות ט”ו בשבט. הסלט משלב חלק חם וחלק קר, הוא קל להכנה ומרשים מאוד. אל תוותרו על גבינת פטה כבשים, שמשתלבת נהדר עם מתיקותם הפירות היבשים והאגוזים וממתנת אותה.

Chef Telepan Reinvents the Brisket


For Rosh Hashanah, Tablet asked renowned chef Bill Telepan to reimagine the traditional Jewish holiday staple. For the recipe and to read more about Chef Telepan, visit this link:…


Select  24JEWISH ALERTS videos Jewish News חדשות יהודיות Jewish Daily News

Death of former prime minister Ariel Sharon

Flickr.comCopyright   dybbuk2

Death of former prime minister Ariel Sharon  

Jewish News One

JPostTV report: JPost TV brings you exclusive video coverage on Israel, the Middle East & the Jewish world.


 IBA News


Israel Now News

Shalom TV

Emor News-News from the Jewish world


israel9tv· language russian

Israel Heute Nachrichten

Israelnetz Nachrichten



Global Eye


As Sharon laid to rest, Gaza terrorists fire rocket salvo
Leaders from Israel and abroad attend funeral of former PM Ariel Sharon • Sharon’s youngest son, Gilad: “Again and again you turned the impossible into reality. That’s how legends are made” • Two rockets fired from Gaza into Israel shortly after funeral.

World Leaders Say Goodbye To SharonArutz Sheva

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the news as well, calling  “I join the people of the Jewish state of Israel in mourning the loss of Ariel 
See all stories on this topic »
Israel buries its controversial hero Ariel

JERUSALEM—Israel was on Monday burying former premier Ariel Sharon, one of its most skilled but controversial political and military leaders who 
See all stories on this topic »
138969294056... Ancient calendar offers glimpse of biblical times
Archeologists unearth 4,000-year-old silt tablet listing eight-day schedule for a Larsa temple, near the birthplace of Abraham • Schedule corresponds with Hebrew month of Shevat • Tablet included “to-do” list, wage table for temple functionaries. hetz_eng
138969460536... First Hebrew/Judeo-Yemeni Arabic dictionary published
The “Yar Yair Dictionary,” over 50 years in the making, comprises over 500 pages • Editor Rabbi Dr. Aharon Ben-David, who has penned nine books on the Judeo-Yemenite heritage, says project is about much more than words. hetz_eng


Sharon at funeral remembered as ‘friend, leader, military chief’
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena. (full story)

2014 Golden Globes feature Jewish winners, spur Woody Allen controversy
Filmmaker Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globes, eliciting harsh criticism from his ex-partner and estranged son on Twitter. (full story)

N.Y. mayor vows to find Stark killer, condemns Post newspaper
New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, said finding the killer of haredi Orthodox Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark is a priority and condemned the New York Post’s coverage of the incident. (full story)

Keep an eye on those Yeshiva boys
Those familiar with Adam Sandler’s hilarious “Hanukkah Song” know that it is infamous for identifying – and, in some cases, outing – famous people who are Jewish. And those who are not. (full story)

Today’s Best Bet
Temple Women’s Association of The Temple-Tifereth Israel “A Girls Night Out,” 7 p.m., Saks Fifth Ave., 26100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. $20. Reservations requested. 216-464-1786.

This Day in History
2006: Skater Sasha Cohen won her first national gold medal at the U.S. Championships in St. Louis.

Select Section Events, Jewish Life : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

Death of former prime minister Ariel Sharon

Flickr.comCopyright   dybbuk2

Select  24JEWISH ALERTS Death of former prime minister Ariel Sharon  


Avery Fisher Hall Is Transformed Into the World of “Vixen”


Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, is transformed into a magical “metaphorest” to become the fantastical world of “The Cunning Little Vixen.”

Music Director Alan Gilbert, The Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, conducts the New York Philharmonic, soloists, and chorus in a fully-staged production of Janáček’s beloved opera “The Cunning Little Vixen,” directed and designed by Doug Fitch, produced by Edouard Getaz, and created by Giants Are Small, June 22–25, 2011.

Janáček “The Cunning Little Vixen”
Interlude from Act I
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor

“The Cunning Little Vixen” is generously sponsored by Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

Major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Honey M. Kurtz.
Programs of the New York Philharmonic are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

To Life, L’Chaim #213 Renee Taylor & Ahava Village


To Life, L’Chaim airs Tuesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Jewish Life Television (JLTV) nationally on DirecTV channel 366 and Comcast channel 239.

We spend some time with actress Renee Taylor and talk about her years playing Fran Drescher’s mother on The Nanny and a story about Ahava Village in Israel, taking care of children for more than 80 years.

Rick Recht – Oseh Shalom


The Anita Bamel Music Fund and Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA on Friday, January 25, 2013 were pleased to welcome nationally recognized Jewish musician Rick Recht to join with Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman, Rabbi Keith Stern and the youth choirs of Temple Beth Avodah in a magnificent, joyful Shabbat Alive service.

Photo Gallery of HASC 27 A Time For Music – Jewish Music ReportJewish Music Reporter

Last night at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, HASC presented it’s 27th, “A Time For Music”, celebrating 40 years of Camp Hasc. The sold out show 
Jewish Music Report

Williamstown: Chorale celebrates contemporary Jewish musicBerkshire Eagle

The program is made up of a diverse collection of music arranged by contemporary Jewishcomposers, including Charles Osbourne, Kurt Weill, 
See all stories on this topic »

Concert features Flamenco fused with LadinoSun-Sentinel

The concert, called Flamenco Sephardit, features pure Flamenco music fused with the Jewish Ladino traditions of Spain and takes place at 7 p.m. on 
See all stories on this topic »
Israel to spend more than $1 billion on Diaspora JewsJewish Telegraphic Agency

 and informal settings; serving “the global good”; Jewish life and Israel engagement on campuses; and the immigration of young professionals.
See all stories on this topic »
Life Is Strange’ examines lives of Jews in 1930s prewar EuropeBrooklyn Daily Eagle

A youth group visits a surviving pre-war European Jewish synagogue. Photo courtesy of “Life Is Strange” The Movie 
See all stories on this topic »
Students learn life lessons from Holocaust educatorSun-Sentinel

“While we listened to an informing presentation about the Holocaust, we also learned a life lesson,” said Rakoczy, who is not Jewish. “I liked that Jan 
See all stories on this topic »
Let Jewish Inmates Wear YarmulkesShalom Life

A little over a month ago, we reported on a new trend in Florida that would grant inmates of its correctional institutions access to kosher meals, if they 
See all stories on this topic »
Jewish tree storySun-Sentinel

Tu B’Shevat, the “new year for trees,” begins at sundown on Jan. 15. Trees have always played a major role in Jewish life. Over the past century, we 
See all stories on this topic »
Jewish musician Recht gives free concert Feb. 1Cleveland Jewish News

Rick Recht, a Jewish musician and singer/songwriter, will perform a free  and family audiences and as a role model for involvement in Jewish life.
See all stories on this topic »
Too powerful to feel your pain?Jewish United Fund

Recent evidence from the field of neuroscience sheds new light on the Torah’s teachings about power and empathy. A story featured on National 
See all stories on this topic »
Four Teachings for the Four Worlds of Tu B’ShvatHuffington Post (blog)

What a Sefer Torah it would be, how large, not only physically but in the spirit! And we ourselves — we would each be just the right size to be a letter in 
See all stories on this topic »
A message of inclusiveness at the foot of Mount SinaiSun-Sentinel

The Torah tells us that at the moment of revelation all the Jews at Sinai were able to see. (Exodus 20:15) Is it possible that of the several million there 
See all stories on this topic »
Adath Emanu-El Torah repair slated for week of Jan. 27The Mt. Laurel Telegram

From Jan. 27 to 31, Rabbi Moshe Druin, a sofer (which is a Jewish scribe who can transcribe and repair Torah scrolls) will be at Adath Emanu-El 
See all stories on this topic »
‘Nanny’ actress shares funny tales on dietingSun-Sentinel

Actress Renee Taylor, best known as the overbearing stereotypical Jewish One of the reasons I wanted to do ‘My Life On A Diet’ here is because I 
See all stories on this topic »
Hesh’s Bakery closes, as Jewish demographics changePhiladelphia Business Journal

 Hesh’s was a staple for birthday cakes, wedding cakes and goodies forJewish holidays. (I should know, my mother bought my birthday cakes there 
See all stories on this topic »

Select Section Events, Jewish Life language german : Ariel Scharon Jüdische Nachrichten, Das Jüdische leben, Das Jüdische Museum 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

Parschas Beschalach. Warum ist Judentum so schwierig?


Ein kurzer Vortrag von Rabbiner Arie Folger.

Parshas Beshalach: Why is Judaism so hard?


Parshas Beshalach
Rabbi Arie Folger explains why Judaism cannot be made easier.

Israel: Scharon hat mich entsetzt und beeindrucktZEIT ONLINE

Zwei intensive Begegnungen mit dem verstorbenen Politiker und Soldaten: Ariel Scharon war ebenso furcht- und bedenkenlos wie eigenmächtig und 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Ariel Sharon: Patriot, Held, “Bulldozer”

Der frühere Armeegeneral Ariel Sharon polarisierte wie kein anderer israelischer Politiker – und war eine der bedeutendsten Persönlichkeiten des 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Gedenkfeier für Ariel SharonKleine Zeitung

Israel trauert um Ariel Sharon. Im Beisein von Gästen aus aller Welt nahm die Staatsführung am Montag bei einer emotionalen Gedenkfeier vor dem 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Letzte Ruhe: Ariel Sharon auf Farm beigesetztSalzburger Nachrichten

Letztes Geleit für Ariel Sharon: Der frühere israelische Ministerpräsident ist am Montag auf seiner Farm im Süden Israels mit militärischen Ehren 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Israel nimmt Abschied von Ariel SharonRadio China International

 Präsident Peres. Im Anschluss an die Trauerfeier wurde Ariel Sharon auf seiner Farm im Süden des Landes mit militärischen Ehren beigesetzt.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Trauer und Jubel über den Tod des Kriegshelden und Politikers Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Der Tod von Ariel Sharon ruft heftige und kontroverse Reaktionen hervor. Der ehemalige israelische Ministerpräsident ist am Samstag gestorben.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Bulldozer für Israel: Niemand will Sharons politisches – Wo’s Click macht

Nach der Trauerfeier vor dem Parlament in Jerusalem wird Israels ehemaliger Premier Ariel Sharonheute in der Negev-Wüste beigesetzt.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Israel und Freunde nahmen Abschied von

Israel trauert um Ariel Sharon. Im Beisein von Gästen aus aller Welt hat die Staatsführung am Montag bei einer emotionalen Gedenkfeier vor dem 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

The truth about Israeli war criminal Ariel Sharon that you won’t hear Linke Zeitung (Blog)

Pseudojuristische Argumente für einen Polizeistaat (2 comments) Montag, 13. Januar 2014 brd: 8 millionen wählerstimmen wurden ungü-ltig-simpler 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Der Kriegsverbrecher Ariel Scharon (26. Februar 1928 – 11. Januar World Socialist Website

Der ehemalige israelische Premierminister, General und nie angeklagte Kriegsverbrecher Ariel Scharon wurde am Samstag, dem 11. Januar, im Alter 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Trauerfeier für Ariel Sharondomradio – nachrichten

Nach einer Trauerfeier im Parlament in Jerusalem wird Ariel Sharon auf seiner geliebten Farm in der Negev-Wüste beigesetzt. Insgesamt sind 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »›politik›Konflikte›Nach Sharon-Begräbnis schlugen zwei – Wo’s Click macht

Gaza – Nach dem Begräbnis des früheren israelischen Ministerpräsidenten Ariel Sharon haben militante Palästinenser aus dem nahegelegenen 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Ariel Sharon, ex-Premier ministre et ancien homme fort de …Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)

Ariel Sharon est décédé Ariel Sharon, ex-Premier ministre et ancien homme fort de la droite israélienne, est décédé après un coma de huit ans, ont 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Ein Patriarch IsraelsFrankfurter Rundschau

Letztes Geleit für Ariel Scharon: Israel nimmt bei einer Trauerfeier vor dem Parlament in Jerusalem Abschied von einem seiner umstrittensten Politiker.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon leaves behind a …Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon leaves behind a … Sharon’s Legacy Weighs on Leaders Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon leaves 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Israelische Siedler halten das Erbe Scharons für unvollendeteuronews

Als Ariel Scharon 2005 den Befehl für die Räumung der israelischen Siedlungen im Gaza-Streifen gab, kamen etwa 500 Siedlerfamilien in den Ort 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Kevin Connolly reports from Jerusalem on Ariel Sharon’s role …Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)

Friend or foe? Views of Ariel Sharon Kevin Connolly reports from Jerusalem on Ariel Sharon’s role in shaping Israel and influencing the wider region.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Over six years, Ari Shavit tracked Ariel Sharon’s …Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)

Remembering Ariel Sharon Over six years, Ari Shavit tracked Ariel Sharon’s changing mind, including a shift that astonished Israel and the world.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Extremisten feuern Granaten gegen Scharons GrabNeues Volksblatt

Es war der letzte Gruß der Palästinenser an den verhassten Ariel Sharon: Kurz dem Begräbnis des früheren israelischen Ministerpräsidenten haben 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Biden: Sharon dedicated life to survival of IsraelEurope Online Magazine

US Vice President Joe Biden eulogized former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon Monday as a man whose “guiding star” was the security and survival 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

John Kerry auf undankbarer MissionCicero Online

Das Begräbnis für Ariel Sharon erinnert daran, dass Israel früher Verteidigungsminister und Regierungschefs hatte, für die sich Härte und 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »›politik›Weltpolitik›US-Kongress einig über Ausgabengesetz – Wo’s Click macht

Nach der Trauerfeier vor dem Parlament in Jerusalem wird Israels ehemaliger Premier Ariel Sharon heute in der Negev-W… Erste Zahlung im Feber: 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Joe Biden and Tony Blair praise Israel’s former prime …Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)

Ariel Sharon funeral: Israel mourns the ‘bulldozer’ Joe Biden and Tony Blair praise Israel’s former prime minister Ariel Sharon for his determination at 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

“Aus neutraler Sicht” von Albert Jörimann – Aktenzeichen Naher Radio F.R.E.I.

Irgendwie passt der Abgang von Ariel Sharon mit Tod gut in diesen Szenenwechsel, obwohl er in den letzten Jahren nicht mehr viel gesagt hat.
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »›politik›Weltpolitik›USA besorgt über angebliche russische Öl – Wo’s Click macht

Nach der Trauerfeier vor dem Parlament in Jerusalem wird Israels ehemaliger Premier Ariel Sharon heute in der Negev-W… Weltpolitik 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »
Ariel Sharon und die Beduinen « Hinter den Schlagzeilen

Ariel Scharon wird – trotz kritischer Töne auch in der Mainstream-Presse – nunmehr als “großer Toter” geehrt, ein Patriot, der sein Land liebte und es…/ariel-sharon-und-die-beduinen/
Israel: Zum Tod von Ariel Sharon | CHRISTLICHES FORUM

E Am 11. Januar verstarb der ehemalige israelische Ministerpräsident Ariel Sharon im Krankenhaus in Tal HaSchomer. Seit er im Januar 2006 nach…/israel-zum-tod-von-ariel-sha…
Israel nimmt Abschied von Ariel Sharon –

Der Ex-Ministerpräsident wurde bei Trauerfeier als historische Persönlichkeit geehrt. Am Nachmittag Beisetzung.…von…/45.722.794
Beerdigung Ariel Sharon: Israel nimmt Abschied | radioWelt | Bayern 

Er brachte nach Ansicht von Nahost-Experten die Verhandlungen zwischen Israel und Palistinensern wieder in Bewegung. Doch sein Schlaganfall…/israel-abschied-von-sharon100.html
heut schon gedacht?: 2 Sätze zum Tod von Ariel Sharon

2 Sätze zum Tod von Ariel Sharon. Der Killer von Sabra und Shatila ist heute beigesetzt worden. Es ist ätzend, wieviel Wind um einen Verbrecher…/2-satze-zum-tod-von-arie…
Fotostrecke: Abschied nehmen von Ariel Scharon – Fotostrecken 

Von Netanjahu und Peres über Steinmeier und Biden. In Israel nahmen am Montag zahlreiche Gäste auf der Trauerfeier von Ariel Scharon Abschied…/politik/…/9324954.html
Israel nimmt Abschied von Ariel Sharon / ZIB 17 vom 13.01.2014 um 

Die israelische Staatsführung hat mit einer Gedenkfeier vor dem Parlament in Jerusalem Abschied von Ariel Sharon genommen. Der frühere…/7348202
Video: Abschied von Ariel Sharon «

Video. Israel nimmt Abschied vom verstorbenen Ministerpräsidenten Ariel Sharon. Vor der Knesset wurde der verstorbene Ex-Ministerpräsident am…/Abschied-von-Ariel-Sharon?_…
Gedenkfeier für Ariel Sharon » KTZ

Israel trauert um Ariel Sharon. Im Beisein von Gästen aus aller Welt nahm die Staatsführung am Montag bei einer emotionalen Gedenkfeier vor dem

Im Rahmen des Begleitprogramms zur Ausstellung „Leben im Wartesaal – Das jüdischeRegensburg der Nachkriegszeit“ hält Dr. Tamar Lewinsky am 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »
Christlich-jüdische Beziehungen “gut aufgestellt”Erzdiözese Wien

Die Beziehungen zwischen Christen und Juden im Land seien “gut aufgestellt”, so Jäggle in einer Erklärung aus Anlass des bevorstehenden “Tags 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »
Rathaus-Ausstellung „Alles Meschugge? Jüdischer Witz und Humor Main-Spitze

Das Jüdische Museum in Wien hat die verschiedenen Exponate zusammengetragen. Mehr als 40 000 Menschen besuchten die Ausstellung in 
Alle Beiträge zu diesem Thema anzeigen »

Select Section Jewish Communities: 24JEWISH ALERTS

Rabbi Daniel Lapin – Part 1 – Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis

Rabbi Daniel Lapin – Part 2 – Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis


Rabbi Daniel Lapin shows us how the Bible provides lessons on how we can prepare our families for the times ahead.

Rabbi Lapin is a descendant of a renowned rabbinical family, he is the Founding Rabbi of Pacific Jewish Center, a best-selling author, prominent speaker, Torah educator and celebrated radio host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show.

Syrian Jewish Community Puts Down Roots on the Upper East SideDNAinfo

UPPER EAST SIDE — Prime Butcher and Baker on the Upper East Side stocks many classic European-Jewish treats including pastrami, kugel and 
See all stories on this topic »
Israeli Immigrants Play Growing Role in American Jewish CommunityJewish Daily Forward

Nor could the established Jewish community, which viewed the Israeli newcomers as detached from the broader Jewish American experience, have 
See all stories on this topic »
Hevron Community Leader: Sharon Would Have Kept ‘Disengaging’Arutz Sheva

Noam Arnon, a leader of the Hevron Jewish community, slammed the leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria for attending Ariel 
See all stories on this topic »
JTA and MyJewishLearning announce intention to mergeJewish Telegraphic Agency

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and  covering developments impacting Jews and Jewish communities in North America, 
See all stories on this topic »
Ferdman helps build Jewish-Latino understandingSan Diego Jewish World

The group continued independently for a while, but now operates under the auspices of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), led by 
See all stories on this topic »
Arabs Block Exit from Gush Etzion Community of ElazarArutz Sheva

Arabs blocked the exit from the community of Elazar in the Gush Etzion bloc of Judean Jewish communities, just south of Jerusalem, Monday morning.
See all stories on this topic »
Manchester’s Eruv Shows the Sillier Side of Religious PracticeHuffington Post UK

Apparently Manchester’s Jewish community have constructed the UK’s largest eruv. So what is an eruv? Some orthodox Jews obey the rules that say 
See all stories on this topic »

Select Section Jewish Culture & Yiddish: 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection videos and feeds

Rabbi Mordechai Kraft – Secrets Of The Hebrew Language – Part 1

Rabbi Mordechai Kraft – Secrets Of The Hebrew Language – Part 2


TorahAnyTime Website:

Rabbi’s On TorahAnyTime:…

Rabbi Mordechai Kraft On TorahAnyTime:…

Rabbi Mordechai Kraft – Secrets Of The Hebrew Language – Part 2

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Where Fools Rush In: Spiritual Leadership for a Changing Jewish Community

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Where Fools Rush In: Spiritual Leadership for a Changing Jewish Community

Posted: 13 Jan 2014 10:13 AM PST

Photo-Sid-SchwarzThis morning I attend a keynote address by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, whom I have known since thatPANIM interdenominational rabbinic student retreat I was blessed to attend all those years ago. He’s now involved with Clal (the Center for Learning and Leadership, the parent organization of Rabbis Without Borders), and has most recently published Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future, which makes him a perfect fit for an OHALAH conference themed aroundHe’Atid, the future of Jewish Renewal. His talk is entitled “Where Fools Rush In: Spiritual Leadership for a Changing Jewish Community.

While in rabbinic school many years ago, R’ Sid heard from Reb Zalman a metaphor of broadcast and receiving — that rabbis need to be able to both broadcast and receive. He suggests to us this morning that we might understand Torah as 70 wavelengths on which we might receive truth. Most of us can only broadcast on a few wavelengths and can receive on fewer than that, and that’s something we need to work on.

He reminisces briefly about how he wasn’t able to hear Reb Zalman’s Torah back in those days, and indeed regarded it as “strange fire” within the Reconstructionist rabbinical college… and because God has a sense of humor, here he is today, in full awareness of the debt he owes to Reb Zalman and to this neo-Hasidic / Jewish Renewal world. He talks about the shift which unfolded in the 20th century — thanks to R’ Mordechai Kaplan, R’ Abraham Joshua Heschel, our own Reb Zalman — between the vertical metaphor of God (God’s up there, we’re down here) and a horizontal metaphor of God (we and God are interrelating in an I/Thou fashion.)

I came to understand that what I’d seen as dichotomies in the Jewish world were in fact overlapping truths. We all need to work on our antennas so we can access one more wavelength than before so that we can acknowledge that truth has many faces, as does Torah, at least 70 faces.

He uses his work as a historian to try to help him understand not only the past but also the future. He acknowledges that we read in Talmud (Bava Batra) that from the time of the destruction of the Temple of old, prophecy exists only in the hands of children and fools. But notwithstanding that sugya, we have to try to take the risk of understanding not only the past but how we’re going to address the future.

In his newest book Jewish Megatrends he talks about the moment we’re at today in American Jewish history: a simultaneous decline of legacy Jewish institutions (synagogues, Federations, JCCs, membership organizations — the “organized Jewish community”) and also a golden age. If you look at the legacy Jewish institutions, the current situation looks like a decline; but if you look at the innovation sector of Jewish life, you see amazing pockets of renaissance.

He files these renaissance happenings under the headings of four pillars. The first is chochmah, wisdom. In 50 years, he suggests, the world will be amazed that religious communities ever though of themselves as independent silos, rather than interconnected. Reb Zalman was way ahead of the curve on this! We all need to understand the overlap between our wisdom traditions and every other. The second pillar is tzedek, justice. And the third and fourth pillars are kehillah(intentional spiritual communities) and kedushah (helping Jews live lives of spiritual purpose.)

He asks: what is the nature of the kehillah we need to create? And what kind of spiritual leadership is required to lead such kehillot?

The American synagogue, he tells us, has gone through three stages, and we now need to figure out how to reach the fourth. First as new immigrants we created little shteiblach, informal home-based communities. As we became better-established in this country, we moved to secondary areas of settlement, creating ethnic synagogues. There might be a modest building, maybe hiring a rabbi with a small salary. In the post-WWII period Jews acquired affluence, moved to suburbia, and in this third era we were living in areas where we were no longer the majority. The synagogues built in that third era were “synagogue centers,” which is still the dominant paradigm in congregational life today. And congregations which operate under that paradigm, he says bluntly, are failing. We need to move toward the next stage of the American synagogue.

The synagogue center is failing because it’s essentially in a consumer relationship with Jews, marketed like a commodity. Jews decide they need a certain set of goods and services (usually education for their children and of course the bar / bat mitzvah) — but that b’nei mitzvah tends to be the terminal degree in Jewish life, both in the sense that we won’t see most of those families again after b’nei mitzvah is celebrated, and because that in turn suggests the end of the Jewish future. People make decisions based on: what synagogue is convenient to me and offers a fair market price? People join synagogues when their kids are five, and when their youngest child is 14 they exit the synagogue. And during those years, nothing has changed in the life or heart of the neshama of the Jews who are members of that synagogue center.

Today, given the changing economy and the rise of the internet, the goods and services which for a long time Jews joined a synagogue to acquire can now be acquired á la carte, more cheaply, and sometimes at higher quality than via joining a shul. So the primary draw for Jews to join synagogue centers has evaporated.

Here’s the good news. Over the past 20 years, some new thinking has emerged about the nature of synagogues. (SeeSynagogue3K, STAR: Synagogue Transformation And Renewal, etc.) In the early years seminaries were grouchy about this new way of thinking, but today most seminaries are getting clarity around the fact that the kind of rabbis they’re training, and the synagogues for which they’re training them, will not serve the needs of the American Jewish community of the future.

Synagogues which are stuck in the synagogue center model, he says, are doomed. The best development consultants in the country can’t transform those old-model synagogue centers into what’s needed now. Change needs to come from rabbis; from inspired spiritual leaders who have a vision of what inspired spiritual community could look like. Beyond that, we need a toolkit for that transformation, because otherwise all of our energy and passion is going to lead us nowhere and we’re going to crash and burn in frustration.

Organizations naturally resist change. And in synagogues it’s even harder because resistance to change takes on a theological cast. We feel the weight of the challenge of trying to preserve a tradition which we love, as rabbis, but which (practically) nobody else gets. He quotes R’ Harold Schulweis: “Rabbis have answers to questions which Jews no longer ask.” (A rueful and knowing sigh moves around the room.)

You can broadcast [your teachings] all you want, but if you don’t tune in to the wavelength of the Jews you want to touch, your broadcast is useless.

There are, R’ Sid says, three barriers in this work. First: the nomenclature problem. Second: a turf problem. And third: a play-it-safe problem.

When he wrote Finding a Spiritual Home, he was writing about people who had a deep desire for spiritual community and hadn’t found it anywhere in the organized Jewish community. In the late 90s, it was hard to find four synagogues to profile. Today there are several dozen new-paradigm synagogues! But here’s the nomenclature problem: many of them don’t want to call themselves “synagogues,” because the word is so poisoned. Think of Ikkar in LA; The Kitchen in SF; Mishkan ChicagoRomemu in NY. These places are doing amazing work in this new paradigm model, but they often don’t call themselves synagogues.

And, people are using different words to describe the same phenomena: “the synagogue community,” “sacred community,” “the emergent synagogue,” “commanding community,” “visionary synagogues,” “kehillot.” There’s so much overlap in the work of creating these kinds of communities — but if we’re going to have a social movement, we need to agree on nomenclature! It sounds like a minor thing, but having common language can make a real difference in terms of galvanizing the people who understand that we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing in the ways we’ve been doing it.

The second problem is the turf issue. Three years ago, within a span of 3 months, the Conservative movement came out with their strategic study of their movement and the numbers were dreadful; the Reform movement experienced a revolt in some of the largest synagogues in their movement, and those communities declared intention to bolt; and the Reconstructionist movement sponsored a program on “rethinking the rabbinate.” So R’ Sid wrote an essay called “Are Synagogues Still Relevant?” which argued that there’s idiocy in every movement trying to do the same thing, competing to see who’s going to get to the finish line first.

There’s a growing body of expertise and best practices among everyone who’s trying to solve these problems. If there were ever a time when the denominations should come together and say ‘we should work on this collaboratively,’ this would be the moment!

(That draws spontaneous applause.) But, he argues, it’s not going to happen. The denominations won’t want it to happen — and, he cautions, even we here in this transdenominational gathering are challenged by this work.

Jewish Renewal emerged as a nondenominational phenomenon. But Max Weber and Reinhold Neibuhr draw out the trajectory of all emerging religious movements — from sects to churches. Sects begin with charismatic leadership, which we here in Renewal clearly have. They have “insider language,” which we here in Renewal also have. But ultimately in order to survive, we move from the sect stage to what looks like a much more conventional denomination, and R’ Sid sees that hapening here. “I’m not saying ‘don’t do that,'” he notes. “But before we cast stones at the denominations which have been functioning for a century or more, remember that you too are on a trajectory.”

“To say that there are many ways of being Jewish is a narrow ridge to walk, but we must walk it.”

And the third problem he cites is a taking-risks problem.

We need to encourage our rabbis to be risk-takers — to dramatically rethink what synagogues can be and need to be. And we need to educate our lay leadership to be in partnership with us, the spiritual leaders — we need them to give us space to take risks and to fail! As long as we learn how to “fail forward.” Because nothing ventured, nothing gained. If we want to play it safe, we condemn ourselves to stay on the trajectory of synagogues that will continue to shrink.

With awareness of those three obstacles, he moves on to the four pillars of intentional spiritual communities. An intentional spiritual community needs to be mission-driven. Writing a mission statement and then ignoring it — that’s not enough; that’s not a living document. We need direction. If you have no destination, any path will do; but if you’re clear where you’re going, you can correct when you stray from the path.

An intentional spiritual community needs to create an empowered and self-generating culture. Kedusha(holiness), like love, can only be created with reciprocity. It’s not a one-directional relationship. To get the gift of Torah, we take upon ourselves the ohl mitzvot, a sense of obligation. “Even if you’re agnostic about the idea of Torah from Sinai, you can understand that community itself can be the commanding voice which gives shape to the desire of God.” We are all b’nei brit, children of the covenant. We are born into a sense of obligations and we need to make comnunities understand that we are obligated to a higher sense of purpose and also to each other.

The greatest gift we have in Jewish community, which remains untapped in most synagogues, is the brilliance and gifts of the people in front of us. And so often we reduce people to “dues-paying members.” We have an obsession with size and membership, which has no meaning whatsoever. We need to move to a commitment to ownership. It’s not how many people pay dues — it’s about how many people feel that they are part of a community of Jews who are committed to some sacred purpose.

He moves then to talking about framing serious Judaism. Larry Kushner has a great piece,  The Tent-Peg Business, written back in the 70s and still relevant. The way he judges success in his community is how much Jews engage in primary Jewish acts. And he defines those primary acts the way the tradition does: Torah — avodah / service / some encounter with the divine and with sacred purpose — and gemilut chasadim, acts of personal lovingkindness and acts of global and social repair.

One of the greatest errors made by non-Orthodox Judaism in the 20th and 21st century is the belief that the only way you get Jews in the tent is by offering “Jewish Lite.” The communities which are thriving are those which offer a sense of authentic Jewish encounter with Torah, avodah, and gemilut chasadim.

To be fair, the reason we went down the road of Jewish Lite was that earlier generations wanted to desperately to “be American” that they wanted to fit in, not to stick out like a sore thumb. But that’s no longer an issue with the next generation. Now the next generation is asking, “do I need Judaism?” Many of them look at religion and see narrow-mindedness, chauvinism, and fanaticism. If we want to reach that sector of Jews, we need to think of other ways of talking about what sacred community might look like.

He cites the Pew study: that 94% of Jews say they have a positive feeling about being Jewish. This is an amazing thing! People already have a positive feeling about Judaism — but the way to get them to live out that positive feeling is to give them serious Judaism, Torah and avodah and gemilut chasadim.

The fourth pillar of building intentional spiritual communities is, he says, visionary spiritual leadership. In the mid-20th century as the Jewish community was building synagogues and community centers all over America (proving that we could build shuls as large and beautiful as their churches), rabbis were trained to be CEOs of those synagogues. (And this is something about which Reb Zalman spoke as recently as yesterday at the smicha ceremony — that it’s fine for our boards to want to run synagogues as businesses, as long as they remember that synagogues are in the “business” of doing Jewish, not the business of earning dues.)

The chavurah movement arose in response to this — the yearning to create rabbi as teacher, friend, colleague instead of the “imperial rabbinate” paradigm. That was a good corrective to the CEO model, but that also doesn’t turn out to be all that’s needed. We need to own our power as rabbis with sincerity, clarity, integrity, strength. Rabbis need to listen — but we also need to be able to dip into our well of deep wisdom and to share that wisdom. We need to be able to share what people could aspire to become, and to put that out there, and then listen to their reaction. That, he says, is the recipe for success.

Our tradition, he reminds us, is not value-neutral. Judaism is in favor of certain ways of being in the world. We as teachers and rabbis need to give voice to that as strongly as we can! Jews are hungry for rabbis who can make some sense out of a world that seems to get more materialistic, more superficial, more profane and less compassionate every day. They need our vision of what sacred community can look like. Rabbis can’t be CEOs, but neither can we just be facilitators. As important as learning Tanakh and rabbinics and Hasidic texts, he suggests, is taking time to study the works being written around leadership.

We are on the cusp of enormous potential. But we need to tune up our antennas, to listen to the fact that Torah comes in at least seventy faces, and to understand that the Torah we have to offer is a Torah that Jews are hungry for.

The Sunday leading up to OHALAH

Posted: 12 Jan 2014 09:21 PM PST

Us-in-prayer-last-yearI always forget how glorious it is to daven with this community. A room full of people, all of us already connected with the liturgy, connected with God, connected with each other. The way weekdaynusach interweaves with new melodies and we all just roll with it. Beloved friends’ voices all around me, reverberating through me. It is like that first long glass of water after the hot Tisha b’Av fast. I knew I was thirsty, but I didn’t remember how good it would feel to have that thirst quenched.

A friend tells me that at the beginning of the Shabbaton which preceded the conference, Reb Zalman spoke about the atomic clock in Boulder with which other clocks are calibrated. Coming together here in this way each year, he said, is our recalibration time.

The metaphor gives me shivers. (He is a master of metaphor, our beloved rebbe.) Yes. This is how we recalibrate. How we re-align ourselves with the Source of all things. How we tune ourselves to each others’ energies, so that we’re all moving according to the same rhythms again. Over the course of the long year when we are apart, we all fall out of step, out of synch, out of attunement with God and with each other. When we return here, our clocks snap back into the groove of shared time.

ShvitiIn the parking lot of the conference hotel I see this license plate.Sh’viti — the first word of Psalm 16 verse 8, “I keep God before me always.” I love that whoever drives this car chose to put this reminder of divine presence in a place they would see every day. I love that for those who speak Hebrew and are driving behind this car, it serves as that reminder of divinity, too. God is in all things — even a license plate.

At the conference’s opening session, Rabbi Dan Goldblatt tells us a story about his zaide (grandfather)’s sukkah, which was constructed — literally — out of doors which no one needed anymore. He reminded us of the teaching about Abraham’s tent, open on all sides to all comers. And he compares this conference to that tent, to that sukkah, a place where the doors are open to all.

Our work in the world, he tells us, is to bring Judaism to life. We come here to recharge our batteries so that we can do that work.

Kippah-repairLate morning on Sunday: I go down to the room where the musmachot (the soon-to-be-ordained rabbis, cantors, and rabbinic pastor) are sitting behind a long banquet table. In front of each of them is a te’udah, a certificate of ordination; teachers move along the table, signing each certificate and offering blessings.

When I arrive there, I find a dear friend who received smicha with me. We are both there to offer a blessing to the same person, and we decide to offer one together, jointly. We laugh about how once upon a time, each of us would have scripted the moment down to the last detail, and now we’re both planning to offer a blessing extemporaneously, channeling whatever needs to be said in the moment. “That’s how we know we’re rabbis now,” she quips.

At the end of our blessing, my friend bestows a new kippah on the musmechet. But the comb has come loose, so we dash upstairs, find someone to let us into the shuk where her sewing kit is stashed, and then curl up on big cushy sofas in the lounge to talk while she carefully hand-stitches the comb back in. We talk about rabbinic school and about being rabbis and about the communities we serve and about how sweet it is to see dear friends reach this culmination point.

The smicha ceremony is, as always, extraordinary. I kvell to see dear friends walking beneath the chuppah. I thrill to their divrei Torah and their teachings. And when we reach the recitation of the lineage, I fumble for my tissues, because I know it’s going to make me cry, and it does. Every year when Reb Danielrecites the parallel smicha of Miriam, he has to stop to compose himself, and that’s when my tears of joy emerge.

11918717953_b59e7efa30_nIt’s kind of amazing, watching the smicha now. I used to watch the ordination with a fervent sense of yearning: that might be me, someday. Now it’s more like a strengthening of a flame that already burns in my heart. I see my colleagues go beneath the chuppah, I see them leaning back on the hands of their teachers, and I remember again how it felt to have their hands on me, to feel that transmission of blessing, to emerge changed.

Not long ago I was at a christening, and the pastor mentioned that witnessing the baptism of a baby is an opportunity to renew each (Christian) person’s own baptismal vows. Being at an ALEPH smicha feels that way for me now — like an opportunity to renew my connections, to re-open that channel of blessing, to recommit myself to serving God and serving this community.

After the reception, I join a caravan of friends going out for Ethiopian food to celebrate the smicha. I miss the conference’s first evening of programming, which I’m sorry about. But spending the evening eating and talking and listening to toasts and niggunim and feeling embedded in beloved community — that’s a gift beyond price. By the end of the day I’m exhausted but grateful, so grateful, to be here and to have this chance to recalibrate — recharge — rekindle.

(Photo of  Sunday morning davenen: by Janice Rubin, from OHALAH 2013. Other photos: from my flickr stream.)

Section Jewish History : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

Ariel Sharon Funeral: Burial service for iconic former Israeli PM and military leader Ariel Sharon


Family, friends and dignitaries gather for service

Great Jewish Composer ISAAK DUNAYEVSKY


Great Jewish Composer Isaak Dunayevsky
Executes an orchestra of the Jewish society of the city of Berlin

Who was this guy?


This is an excerpt from “Beyond the Bible”, a multi-media presentation about the work of Dr. David Neiman. Dr. David Neiman (1921-2004) was an internationally renowned scholar, speaker, and writer who inspired many people. His life’s work concerned the intricate relations between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism throughout history and in modern times. Dr. Neiman made history come alive through his dramatic presentations and unique interpretations. In light of our current world situation, Dr. Neiman’s work is not only extremely relevant but also remarkably prescient. More than anything, Dr. Neiman was a keen observer of the human condition. His words convey our shared history with clarity, humor, and humanity.

Dr. Neiman was the first Jewish scholar appointed to teach Religion at Boston College, one of America’s leading Catholic Universities. He served as Professor in the Department of Theology for a quarter of a century. While there he was also invited to teach at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After retiring from Boston College, Dr.Neiman moved to Los Angeles, where he taught at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’ s Seminary in Camarillo and the University of Judaism in Bel Air.

The Secret Jewish History of Bruce SpringsteenJewish Daily Forward

Born in the Jew-S-A? Bruce Springsteen’s newest album ‘High Hopes’ is a collection of previously unreleased material.
See all stories on this topic »

This Day, January 14, In Jewish History by MItchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

Mark Antony is credited by some with recognizing Herod as a Jewish leader and elevating him accordingly. Later, he would side with Cleopatra in her 
See all stories on this topic »

Jewish General says Bill 60 would prevent it from serving kosher foodMontreal Gazette

As public hearings on Bill 60 kick off in Quebec City Tuesday, the Jewish  brief against the charter, drawing upon the institution’s 80-year history.
See all stories on this topic »

Who is Jewish?Sun-Sentinel

The results should be considered in the larger context of our history and a modern understanding of the concept of a Jewish nation. If being Jewish is 
See all stories on this topic »

Tovah Feldshuh reprises role as Golda MeirSun-Sentinel

“It is an honor to have portrayed and to continue to portray and identify withJewish women who have made history and are inspiring. Golda, Helene 
See all stories on this topic »

Perspectives on Tu BishvatJerusalem Post

Looking back in history, the ‘tree holiday’ shows arbor appreciation,  wrote a very informative article about Tu Bishvat throughout Jewish history
See all stories on this topic »