Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg has been Rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue since July of 2010. He blogs at theUrbanRabbi and has helped to articulate a congregational vision for Beth Am’s community engagement initiative and “In, For Of, Inc.” an independently registered non-profit affiliated with Beth Am which seeks to “build Reservoir Hill relationships.” Rabbi Burg lives near Beth Am with his wife Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg and their two children, Eliyah and Shamir.
Daniel Cotzin Burg
By Daniel Cotzin Burg
Reuniting Our Country Must Begin Now — Not in 2020
The New Year arrives in the afterglow of the menorah’s full brilliance – New Year’s Eve this year was also the 8th night of Hanukkah! The word Hanukkah means “rededication.” As we transition to 2017 and a new presidential administration, our country is in need of a chanukat habayit (dedication of the house), a reintegration…
A Rabbi’s Painful Kotel Prayer
Thursday morning, I joined hundreds of women and men as we stood in solidarity at Judaism’s holiest site. We danced in celebration of a new Jewish month (Rosh Chodesh), we lifted our voices in song, and we demanded that the Israeli government implement a plan to which it had already agreed. Protests are familiar to…
A Baltimore Inner City Rabbi’s Take on the Freddie Gray Verdict
More than one year after Freddie Gray died in police custody here in Baltimore, within walking distance of my home, I still remember the palpable anxiety and anticipation of those days in April 2015. Protests, mostly peaceful, were a daily feature and curfew a nightly one. The national guard was deployed; I took a photo…
Reflections on Jewish Megatrends
It appears to me that Sid Schwarz’s framing of strategies employed by successful Jewish organizations and programs is useful. Given that Beth Am is a synagogue attempting to establish its relevance in the current marketplace of Jewish ideas and with this current generation of American Jews, I believe we employ each of these strategies. Indeed…
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Jewish Deli and Yiddish Cooking in a TikTok World
Tue., Feb. 27, 2024 • 1 P.M. ET
Today many young people are creating and sharing short cooking videos through social media channels like TikTok. For Jews from non-traditional or non-religious backgrounds this has become a fun way to engage with their Jewish identity.
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