Irwin Kula's "The Gospel According to Jerry" at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company was named one of the Ten Picks by theater critic Graydon Royce.
from the Star Tribune, 12/28/11
Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb's publication, "Moving Beyond the Limited Reach of Current 'Social Media' Approaches: Why Jewish Digital Communities Require Rich and Remixable Narrative Content," was one of Berman Jewish Policy Archive's top ten Jewish downloads of 2011. We applaud the recognition of his work, which is at the cutting edge of technology, gaming and Jewish education.
"In early September, my synagogue (a Conservative egalitarian congregation) hosted Rabbi Steve Greenberg for a scholar-in-residence weekend. Greenberg - an Orthodox gay rabbi who was featured in the 2001 documentary Trembling Before God, and who was named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of the top 50 influential rabbis in America - had already been on my radar as I had been striving to help my shul become more conscious and inclusive of the GLBTQ community...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Should Americans feel responsible for the state of Iraq? To what extent? Does the U.S. still have a role in the country?"
Brad Hirschfield joins Foxnews.com Live to talk about Hanukkah, and why its message is important to not only Jews but to all Americans. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 12/22/11
“We don’t have a blueprint,” said (Rabbi) Sirbu...“We’re really hoping to rebrand rabbis...so people see rabbis as great resources.”
Recognized as one of American’s top 50 female rabbis by the Forward, Laura Baum is a transformative figure in contemporary Jewish life. This year OurJewishCommmunity.org, the online congregation Rabbi Baum helped create, was named by Slingshot as one of North America’s 50 most innovative and inspiring programs.
The root of the word that we often use to mean charity—tzedakah-is tzedek. Tzedek connotes justice and righteousness. Each time we do something that brings greater tzedek into the world, we are fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah and we become a partner for goodness. When we seek ever greater tzedek by soliciting support for a very good cause, we are inviting others to join us as partners in repairing this world.
Potei'ach et yadekha u'masbi'a l'khol chai ratzon
Your open hand sustains life
"So what’s happening in American life? A decentralization of religious teaching and practice, with many people picking and choosing what they’ll believe and do -- sometimes from various traditions. Or, in Kula's vivid metaphor: "From the cathedral to the bazaar."."
"...Perhaps the enduring miracle which Hanukkah celebrates is that there is always more light than we first imagine and that the fuel to create it is really there when look we hard enough and dare to trust its power. Here’s where Hanukkah and Christmas, for all their difference, have a great deal in common...."