March 17, 2015 |
When Denise L. Eger was ordained in 1988, one could not be openly gay and a Reform rabbi. "I was very quiet about it," said Eger, a native of Memphis, Tenn. "My fellow classmates [at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York] knew, and some of my professors, but I didn't wave the rainbow flag. " On Monday, Eger, 55, will become the third woman and first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
September 25, 2014 |
Rabbi Yisroel Serebrowski returned to a study table holding a polished black shofar, or ram's horn. He raised it to his lips and blew, sending out a series of high, squeaky notes. He scowled. "I could do better," he said. He blew again, this time puffing his cheeks. This time, the shofar emitted a series of long, plaintive notes that filled the small sanctuary of Torah Links of South Jersey, his center for traditional Torah study in Cherry Hill. "This is the sound of Rosh Hashanah," he said.
September 5, 2013 |
To prepare students for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, Rabbi Danielle Stillman thought about the bees. The four hives of pollinators on the Ursinus College organic farm had lessons to teach, about tradition and responsibility. "Honey is one of the symbols of the holiday, to wish for a sweet new year," said Stillman, adviser to the Montgomery County school's Hillel, a Jewish campus organization. But the plight of honeybees, a threatened population that pollinates fruits and vegetables, also offers lessons about the environment for the faithful in a religion that has a lot to say about stewardship of the earth, the rabbi said.
July 2, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On the destructive power of the anonymous note: Thirty years ago, I'd taken a part-time job at a shopping center to supplement my income. I really enjoyed it and the people I met through this job. I was married with three children and I'm not inclined to engage in affairs. An anonymous letter turned up in the mail one day accusing me of "fooling around" with the people at work. Even though my husband was unemployed at the time, I immediately quit the job because he felt someone there had sent it. He immediately became distrustful and accusatory.
September 29, 2011 |
Every cuisine exists as part of a story. One part of the story told by Jewish foods is of migration, assimilation, and now-vanished worlds. Eastern Europe, Spain, Russia, Yemen, Greece, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, and Bukhara in what is now Uzbekistan were all once home to large and vibrant Jewish communities. As these old communities were forced to disband and regroup in the diaspora, the foods of their past became an important link in their new lines. So the story of modern Jewish food is one of a dynamic, multicultural cuisine.
September 28, 2011 |
Nearly a year after its celebrity-packed opening, the National Museum of American Jewish History has sharply reduced its attendance expectations and stepped up the call for donations to support its day-to-day operations. The slumping economy and a cold, snowy launch season combined to depress ticket sales at the $142 million gallery overlooking Independence Mall. In addition, officials say, the initial projection of 250,000 visitors annually was unrealistic. They have set a new benchmark of 125,000, which they anticipate reaching by the first anniversary on Nov. 26. The good news on the eve of the High Holidays - starting at sundown Wednesday with Rosh Hashanah - is that attendance has been trending up, according to museum chief executive officer and president Michael Rosenzweig.
September 25, 2009 |
In 22 years in the pulpit, Rabbi Jon Cutler has led scores of High Holiday services. He knows the look. Glassy-eyed. Distracted. It says, "When will this be over?" The holiest time on the Jewish calendar draws crowds like no other. Yet a prime opportunity to forge commitment, Cutler says, often yields anything but. So the rabbi had an idea. How about some jazz? He enlisted a quintet of musicians who play in hipster black, including their yarmulkes. Maybe the blue notes and improvisation of jazz would infuse something new into a traditional liturgy for the High Holidays, which end Monday.
September 18, 2009 |
The time has arrived again when Jews around the world greet one another with l'Shana Tovah, the traditional wish for a good new year, or Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight. But with job losses and the troubled economy taking their toll on synagogue membership, many congregational and denominational leaders worry that 5770, like 5769, will not be a banner year. The High Holidays, which continue tomorrow and Sunday with the two days of Rosh Hashanah and close with Yom Kippur on Sept.
January 24, 2007 |
A yearlong journey for a reverend and a rabbi ended yesterday. Not only do they pray to the same God, but now they share something else - the rabbi received the reverend's kidney. Last January, at a meeting of the Greater Mount Laurel Interfaith Association, the Rev. Karen Onesti noticed everybody asking Rabbi Andrew Bossov how he was feeling. "Have you been sick?" she asked him. The rabbi explained that he'd had colitis a decade ago, and doctors had put him on an experimental drug.
October 6, 2005 |
Eti Cohen, the owner of Maxim's restaurant in Cherry Hill, speaks five languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of the Sephardic Jews. Not only is each language embodied in her epicurean melting pot of kosher delicacies, each is a part of the journey her ancestors took during the 15th-century Spanish Inquisition. During that time, Jews in Spain were arrested for koshering their food, celebrating the High Holidays - practicing their religion at all - and so they dispersed to lands as diverse as North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and South America.