The Politics of Spirituality

Editor’s note: With such a varied political climate, what role should our synagogue, rabbi and community, play in helping to navigate? By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Hadassah Magazine You could call Michelle Szpilzinger a wandering Jew. Over the past few years, the resident of the Kew Gardens section of Queens, N.Y.,...

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WLCJ resolution on gun control – share your thoughts

This resolution, by the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism (of which our Sisterhood is a member), was prepared with reference to the Rabbinical Assembly’s 2016 resolution. We are grappling with some of the wording. What are your thoughts? Please share below. GUN CONTROL Background Gun violence is an acute public...

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Redoing gender, redoing religion

Note: This blog post is reprinted with permission and originally appeared on the Gender & Society blog. by Helana Darwin One night while I was watching Transparent, a particular scene caught my attention. The young female rabbi is explaining how difficult it is to be in a masculinized profession without losing...

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Hands reaching

Reaching Down & Reaching Up

by Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum Happy 2018! As Deb Wolff pointed out Friday night, how wonderful that  we as Jews get FIVE new years to celebrate (two of them in January!). I must admit, I am still feeling energized from our Shabbat services this weekend. Many people braved the frigid temps...

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You had me at ‘Shalom’

by Darcy Grabenstein An article on is titled “There’s a Difference Between Saying You’re Welcoming and Being Welcoming.” In that article, author Nina Badzin says that, in response to another article she’d written, “Several readers–Jews and non-Jews alike–commented that they found the Jewish community cliquey and unwelcoming.” This couldn’t...

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Purple desert

Dearest Temple Har Zion Community, It is my great pleasure to say “shalom” to you all! As my time at Congregation Shir Hadash here in Milwaukee is winding down, I am turning my mind and my heart towards New Jersey. I can hardly wait until July! When I was in...

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