Building Bridges

Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Daughters of Change July 28, 2016

...."It isn’t that we haven’t known for millennia that women can harness political power, or be wise, or even because women can be just as spectacular schlemiels as men, but there is a taste of redemption in being able to walk into the tent and change the laws as part of the normal body of humanity, asserting our equality and ability, rather than asking someone else to do it for our benefit – and hoping that they’ll agree with us what is to our benefit.’"

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Why Tim Kaine Is Good For the Jews And It's Not Because of Israel July 27, 2016

...."A recent article in the Forward gave five reasons why Kaine would be the “Jewiest Vice Presidential Pick for Hillary Clinton.” The list includes bringing Sabra hummus to Virginia and his support of Israel. Though there is another reason, alluded to in the article, why Kaine’s views should be welcome to Jews that have nothing to do with Israel: Kaine’s personal and political biography indicates a support for religious liberty that the Jewish community should welcome....."

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang at Integral Yoga with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi July 27, 2016

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang at IYI – Free and Open to All!

Friday, July 29th – 7:30 to 9:30pm

Integral Yoga Institute of New York
227 West 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.)
New York NY 10011

Sat in Sanskrit means truth; sangha means kehilah, or community.

What We Can Learn About a Hillary Clinton Presidency From the Experience of Women Rabbis July 26, 2016

"...Clinton will continue to make use of relationship-building as a coalition-building and acceptance-garnering technique—and I have no doubt that, despite this, her leadership style will continue to be misunderstood. Perhaps—until one day, maybe it isn’t. This too is a chronic problem. “I lead a highly selective fellowship programs for rabbis called Rabbis Without Borders,” said Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu.

Rabbis Without Borders In the Field: Towards A More Perfect Union July 26, 2016

...."I get impatient sometimes, not just on the national level, but on the level of my synagogue community. There too, it’s hard to get anything done quickly. Nearly everyone involved is a volunteer, valiantly working to fit in synagogue tasks around full-time jobs, family, and other other obligations. Many decisions must be discussed and approved by the board of trustees, which meets monthly. I’m not the only one who sometimes—often, even—wish we could move forward more quickly.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What Does It Mean To Be A Good Teacher July 24, 2016

...."If the task of the teacher is to teach from what is known, it follows that anyone who does not heed this admonition is in real trouble. Lack of preparation or background only insures chaos in the classroom. Why then, do we constantly place educators in positions where they are forced to teach subjects outside of their toolbox? Why do we try to coerce them to teach topics they never prepared for?

Rabbis Without Borders In the Field: Super Mario Brothers And An Inclusive Jewish Community July 22, 2016

"The sounds bring me back to my childhood. Having grown up in the 80s, Super Mario Brothers and Nintendo were big parts of my life. But I don’t just love this video because of the adrenaline rush I feel as I see and hear Mario gathering coins and other special items and bouncing around on the screen as he rushes to the flagpole and ultimately to his goal of saving Princess Toadstool. I love this particular video because of its message: we need to include people with diverse physical needs...."

The Wisdom Daily: Exploring My Imperfection During My Divorce July 21, 2016

"...The decision to end a marriage may happen in a definitive manner. Two people reach an agreement to end things; it's over; there's no going back. But experiencing that ending...? That's ongoing. I can tell you when we reached the beginning of the end, but I don't know when we will reach ‘the end.’ Even once the divorce is finalized, the emotional journey of disentangling two lives continues...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Bringing Rabbis and Scientists Together July 21, 2016

"Do Jews view science differently than other religious people do? What topics are most pressing or interesting in the Jewish community? And have Jews bifurcated their sense of identity when it comes to Judaism and science?

These questions launched a new initiative run by my organization, Sinai and Synapses, called ‘Scientists in Synagogues....’"

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Funeral for a Friend July 20, 2016

"In my second year of rabbinic school, I was asked to officiate at the funeral of a friend's dog. I am embarrassed to admit that I thought of the request as a bit foolish. I hadn't officiated at a human being's funeral yet and my first funeral was to be one of a dog? I wasn't sure what Jewish law said on the matter. I wondered if I was acting in a sacrilegious manner...."

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