Every rabbi at a smaller shul can tell you about their own members who chose not to “attend” their services, because they were too busy “shul surfing”
Synagogues have doors and walls. So do classrooms. But the cyber shul lacks those doors and walls.
At a 1949 concert in upstate New York, fascists and Klan members attacked Jewish and black attendees.
Despite local success stories, no national trend indicates that non-Orthodox synagogue membership is growing. That is the sobering news.
The phones at the ADL are probably ringing with the intensity of a thousand shofars.
As news of concentration camps for gay men seeps out of Chechnya, this is the time for us to remember that the Nazis too persecuted homosexuals.
When you preach about politics, don’t mention the names of politicians or political parties. Just talk about policies, values and ideas.
Our new president’s statements have been chaotic, confusing, and seemingly devoid of any kind of ideological coherence.
Here is the question that Peter Beinart does not ask, the question that lurks behind his observation of Jared’s observance. It is a deeper, and even darker question about American Jews and their Judaism. The truth is: while many Jews are connected, at least ritually, to Judaism, when we talk about the values that they live and promote – is there is a vast Jewish disconnect?
When Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, a retired rabbi from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, performed an intermarriage ceremony for his stepdaughter and her fiancé in 2014 more than a glass got shattered at the end of the wedding ceremony. Rabbi Rosenbloom’s membership in the Rabbinical Assembly wound up in pieces as well. In December 2016, the rabbinical body expelled him for disobeying the ban on rabbinic officiation at intermarriages. Not only officiating; also attending intermarriages, even those of close relatives, is asur (forbidden).