Jewish Clergy Referral Service

What is the Jewish Clergy Referral Service? We can connect you to interfaith-friendly rabbis or cantors for your upcoming wedding, baby naming or other lifecycle event. Our service is free and easy to use! We are the premiere clergy referral service serving interfaith couples and families. Over 20,000 matches made. That’s a lot! How does […]

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Why I Never Visit My Father’s Grave

Numbers are a big deal in Judaism. Hebrew is an ancient language, but numerology is hidden in every letter of scripture. This is something I learned very early on: Numbers matter. Our time on this earth—our nights and our days are numbered. So it wasn’t surprising that I grew up on 23rd street in Brooklyn and […]

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Liz and baby Helen

Mourning, Friendship and the Future

There is a way to mourn in Judaism and then there is what really happens over the years

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Jewish Mourning: A Lesson for My Newborn

When I was 8 years old I had a good friend who lived around the corner from me. His name was Nachshon. We took the same school bus to school and at the Orthodox Yeshiva we attended we were in the same class. I went to his house often after school to play video games […]

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Choosing Love and Family at a B’nei Mitzvah

I’ve been to a lot of bar and bat mitzvahs in my life, but I’ve never been so deeply moved as I was on a recent Shabbat. My cousin, Nancy Sharp, who I’ve always adored, has experienced a life of tragic loss and re-found joy. Her husband, Brett, who I remember vividly as a most […]

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A Walk in the Woods, A Conversation About Life and Death, A Moment of Connection

I have a talkative family. Mostly, our everyday conversations are about routine topics such as schedules, work, food, sports, and updates on family and friends, but there are moments when we have rich conversations about meatier subjects such as ethics, history, faith and fate. These thoughtful discussions are never planned, they happen organically. But while […]

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Adaptation and Flexibility for Death and Mourning Customs

My Aunt just died. She had been sick, lived to be 88, and had a wonderful marriage of 62 years. One of the sweetest people I ever knew. Her dear husband is 96 and devastated. He is in excellent health and still drives. He keeps remarking, “who lives to be 96?” He bought a car […]

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Sad Event at Baby’s School.

One of the teachers at Baby’s school (aka daycare) was killed in a car accident last weekend. She was much loved at the school and has a daughter who would have moved up to Baby’s class in the next week or so. (That child is safe with her grandma, out of school right now.) While […]

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Debbie Friedman z”l

Today’s just not a happy day to be blogging. On Saturday, while people were hearing news of the Arizona shooting[/url], some of us were saying a (a ) for Debbie Friedman, who was quite ill. Then on Sunday, we heard the sad news that Friedman had passed away. Friedman was best known as a Jewish […]

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Gabrielle Giffords

This weekend, tragedy unfolded when a gunman opened fire in front of a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and 14 others were wounded, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona state Senate, and then in 2007 became the third Arizona woman ever to […]

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