Synagogue Life Category

Noted author Garry Wills wrote an excellent book last year about American Christians. Or rather, ‘Head and Heart: American Christianities.’ After reading it, I was finally able to make sense of the relationship between seemingly disparate phenomena, such as: Where did Christian Zionism come from, and why is it strongest in the US? Why do […]

Last week, I spent two days in Bethlehem with a group called Encounter. They bring groups of rabbinical and cantorial students, as well as Jewish educators, to various places in Palestine to meet with local leaders, stay with families, and learn about the effects of Israeli policies on Palestinian communities. It was a remarkable trip; […]

L’Shana Tova & Shabbat Shalom

whenever i start to get bored with the idea of staying vocal as one of the surprisingly few non-closeted secularists in most of the electronic jewish spaces i frequent, something like this comes up. ruth messinger, former manhattan borough president, american jewish world service president, and makher-in-chief of the current (and problematic as well as […]

A video about JVoices’s contributor Rabbi Capers Funnye and Beth Shalom synagogue in Chicago, IL.

Parsha Eikev

In: African-American, JVoices, Race, Sex, Synagogue Life, Torah

It’s Sesame Street in Canaan! Blue skies, rolling hills, brooks, fountains – Oy! All we have to do is expel the people who live there and all good gifts will be handed to us. Did I hear somebody say, “We’ll be welcomed as liberators?” This parsha also warns us that YHWH’s affection for us arises […]

Last week I went to Nehirim, the queer shabbaton up at Camp Isabella Freedman in Connecticut, after mixed reviews from friends who had attended last year. Despite going in with reservations, I had a fabulous time; many attendees were there for the first time and open to new experiences, I made several friends who I […]

This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for […]

Parashat Terumah The Gift of Safe Space by Y. Gavriel A. Levi Ansara on Saturday February 24, 2007 6 Adar 5767 Exodus 25:1 – 27:19,Shabbat Parashat Terumah opens with G-d speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanding him in meticulous detail regarding the construction of the Mishkan, or “tabernacle,? the portable dwelling place of […]

My best friend is an opera nut, and thanks to her I just attended the fifth of eleven operas I’m seeing this season at the Met. (If you think that’s crazy, she has tickets for 23 performances.) I started listening to opera in college, when, during a fit signing up for the most eclectic selection […]