Recognizing that going to synagogue for the first time can be a challenge, we offer you our booklet, What To Expect At A Synagogue. In it, you will find an overview of what Shabbat is, and how it is celebrated in synagogues. Language is explained, the prayer services are broken down, and many common questions are answered.
Mishkan is a social and spiritual community in Chicago reclaiming Judaism's progressive edge and ecstatic spirit. We believe Judaism is a vehicle for bringing more goodness, more justice and more joy into the world. Mishkan is inspired, down-to-earth Judaism.
InterfaithFamily Shabbat is an opportunity for your synagogue or organization to join with other welcoming communities in a bold statement that we will continue to build an inclusive Jewish community in our local areas and across the country.
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.
A couple who used InterfaithFamily.com's Clergy Officiation Referral Service graciously shared video of their interfaith, intercultural wedding ceremony, held in a chapel at the United Nations. We helped them find their officiating rabbi, Burt Siegel. The co-officiant was Elizabeth Thorson, the groom's aunt, who is Canon of the Cathedral of Oslo in Norway. Though the couple participated in writing the wedding ceremony, they give all credit to the two officiants who worked with them to create a ceremony that reflected their personalities and values. To see all eight of the wedding videos in order, watch our playlist on Youtube.
Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
Rabbi Burt Siegel is the founder and spiritual leader of The Shul of New York. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Rabbi Burt received his Rabbinic Ordination and the award for the highest academic standing, as well as a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies, at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He is also trained as a psychotherapist and a teacher of Kundalini yoga.
Elizabeth Thorsen is the vicar of the Cathedral of Oslo, Norway.
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