One of the first decisions a couple has to make in planning for their wedding ceremony is who will officiate. When planning a Jewish wedding incorporating multiple faith backgrounds, you have a number of options as to who can be your officiant. You may choose to have solely Jewish clergy (a rabbi or cantor—for the […]
This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. Alongside the negative comment about officiation in the Conservative world, there has been some positive commentary and news about officiation and interfaith marriage. Leave it to Rabbi Keara Stein, director of InterfaithFamily/Los Angeles, to provide a much-needed perspective on how rabbis asked to officiate are actually helping interfaith couples. […]
This post originally appeared eJewishPhilanthropy and also appears on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission I applauded in 2013 when Rabbi Rick Jacobs announced the Reform movement’s audacious hospitality initiative, and again in 2015 when my colleague April Baskin was appointed to lead it. But the recent release of the Audacious Hospitality Toolkit surfaces a deep question: just how audacious will […]
A personal narrative from a non-Jewish mom discussing her child?s bar mitzvah: how they created an informational booklet, how she felt about the ceremony, and her father?s enthusiastic response to the event.
By Liat Katz “A Y A M,” She writes. “Um, Maya, I think you wrote your name backwards,” I respond. “Nope, it’s just in Hebrew,” the 6-year-old says. Maya is learning to read and write in English, while also learning Hebrew at our synagogue’s Sunday school. That makes it confusing. And she’s left-handed too, which […]
This year our sukkah is unkosher. It has no walls. According to traditional Jewish law, a sukkah is supposed to have walls – four of them, actually, though one of them can be the side of a house if it’s been built up against a house. The walls can be made out of any material, […]
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah (HBT) is a Reconstructionist congregation located in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a middle-class Boston neighborhood just minutes from Newton and Brookline. HBT is a welcoming, egalitarian, multicultural and inclusive spiritual community, which I observed firsthand when I was a substitute religious school teacher there a few years back. As with any synagogue, worship […]
An introduction to Reconstructionist Judaism, its practices and beliefs and views on intermarriage and conversion.
Review of Kindling the Flame: Reflections on Ritual, Faith, and Family by Roberta Israeloff, a story told by a mother of her son’s bar mitzvah and her parallel journey toward faith.
A brief intro to the history and definition of the ritual of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah.