Continue a new tradition - for the second consecutive year Because Jewish is hosting Bowl Hashanah (Rosh Hashanah at Brooklyn Bowl) with musician Jeremiah Lockwood and meditation teacher Miriam Eisenberger. Last year was sold out, and tickets will go fast again. Plan to get yours early, and take advantage of the early-bird-rate!
"This past Monday the New York area got hit by a massive summer storm. I meant to leave work early to avoid having to drive up the New Jersey Turnpike, but I left late and got stuck in the worst of it. Instead of my usual 40-minute drive home, it took almost 90 minutes. When I got off at my exit, I was greeted by a flooded off-ramp that trapped my car, and the cars of my fellow commuters in front of a deep lake of water.
"...This year I'm especially excited to visit their open day because our congregation is one of the 11 recipients of a ‘Scientists in Synagogues’ grant from Rabbi Geoff Mitelman's innovative ‘Sinai and Synapses’ project. We'll be spending the next year and a half (and beyond, I hope), considering how Science and Judaism can collaborate in ways that give us new ways to consider essential questions of life. I can think of no question more essential than ‘Who am I’?..."
"I love being a rabbi. I cannot imagine doing or being anything else. I am proud of my work for the past 18 years. I am also proud that my 18th year in the rabbinate marks a significant change, as I transitioned from working in established synagogues to becoming the founder and spiritual leader of Makom NY: a new model for Jewish community on Long Island.
My reflections on 18 years, with my new perspective...."
"...My interest in all this was reawakened as I watch the controversy stirred up by Donald Trump's response to Khizr Kahn's words, and Mrs. Kahn's presence, on the stage at the Democratic National Convention. People — again — are arguing whether this will be Trump's self-immolation.
"...Redefining manliness, as the ability to give love ever more freely doesn't render a man effete, it makes him powerful. Showing up with a warm and open heart demands strength, it demands that a man become more badass, and less baby. And with that demand comes the responsibility of bestowing that same strength to the ones he loves most...."
"...The fact that I am female continues to color how people view me as a rabbi and a leader. I have had to learn to work with this reality. Sixteen years into my rabbinate I am still working on it. There is no getting over ‘the female factor.’ I have been passed over for jobs because of it. I have been underestimated and misunderstood. I simply don't look like what a leader is ‘supposed’ to look like...."
"I am a tribalist – full stop. I admit it, I am proud of it, and I invite others to appreciate the wisdom of that approach even as tribalism often gets a bad rap in more “enlightened” circles. I will nuance what that means, and certainly appreciate that commitment to tribalism, like any commitment, however elevated or base it may be, can be taken to dangerous extremes.
Newly published The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate is a collection of essays that examine the ways in which women in the rabbinate have impacted all aspects of Jewish life, from Jewish feminism to congregational culture and beyond. Featuring a historic transcription of an interview with the first officially ordained woman rabbi, Rabbi Sally Priesand, The Sacred Calling explores the trajectory and impact of women’s leadership in Judaism over the past half century.
...."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.’"