Connecting Interfaith Families to Jewish Life in Greater Cleveland by providing programs and opportunities for interfaith families to experience Judaism in a variety of venues, meet other interfaith families, and to connect to other Jewish organizations that may serve their needs.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
For many of us, the theology of the High Holiday prayers can be problematic: a King who sits on high determining what someone merits in the year to come. This theology is most apparent, and thus perhaps most problematic, in the prayer, Unetaneh Tokef, in which God is portrayed as a shepherd watching all humans pass under his staff like sheep. However, the words of the prayer, “Who will live and who will die?” can also be understood as speaking to the human experience independent of the theology underlying the prayer. In this session with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Center for Jewish Mindfulness, we will explore how this ancient and powerful prayer can be reclaimed as an expression of our human experience of fragility and how - through mindfulness sensibility – the prayer can also offer a practice that can access, no matter what our personal theology.
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell serves on the rabbinic faculty of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (New York) and is the co-founder and director of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago. Jordan was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2008, after which he served as the rabbi at Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, IL. Prior to pursuing his rabbinical studies, Jordan studied Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, spent several months at Zen centers in California and France, and studied Jewish text at the Conservative Yeshiva and Machon Pardes in Jerusalem. He and his family live in Highland Park.