When the Nazis invaded in France in 1940, the music world was quickly split down the middle. A new book finds both villains and heroes in the story of the World War II occupation.Click here for the rest of the article...
Why do kids and adults dress up in costume and what goes on during the Jewish Festival of Purim? Find out at Sim Shalom's Online Synagogue on Saturday Night March 15th at 7PM EST.
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Sinai Temple and The Pico Union Project are hosting the ultimate Purim Masquerade.
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WorldReligionNews.com officially launched its "Featured Contributor" program today with three articles: the first, written by Babu Gogineni, the International Director of the International...
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Planners of the epic 555-day-long prayer initiative, from "Save America Gathering," call for a Kingdom-authentic, scripture-rooted Church; not a Church that may have elements who may be...
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Yesterday, Satirical Israeli News site PreOccupiedTerritory.com experienced an unexpected spike in traffic when a week-old post entitled "Rabbis Ban Raisins from Cookies; An Abomination"...
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With "555 Days of Prayer to Save America" reaching day 351, organizers are once again looking to having a public "Great Wave Offering" ceremony near the 9-11 "Ground...
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A project called A Journey Through NYC Religions, led by editor and publisher Tony Carnes, is documenting every religious site in New York’s five boroughs, street by street, to show the vibrancy of religious life in a city that some have called the most secular city in America./wnet/religionandethics/files/2013/02/thumb01-housesofworship.jpg A Journey Through NYC Religions, says editor and publisher Tony Carnes, “has made me more free to listen to people. And that may sound like a small thing, but it’s actually pretty big.”
The last 100-day prayer segment of "555 days of Prayer to Save America" that is specifically dedicated to 'The Church," itself, will begin on February 23, 2014. All Christians as...
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"Save America Gathering" and "One Church // One Voice" continue to plan for the final event of their 555-day-long prayer initiative, "555 Days of Prayer to Save America."...
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"One Church // One Voice" and "Save America Gathering" officials discuss the power of the united "Body of Christ." "555 Days of Prayer to Save America" has...
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A Brooklyn rabbi was charged with downloading child pornography after federal agents caught him in a sting.Click here for the rest of the article...
The president of the Rome Jewish community revealed that he too had been sent the severed head of a pig about 10 days after pig heads were sent to Rome’s main synagogue, the Israeli embassy and a museum with an exhibit on Jewish culture in January.Click here for the rest of the article...
Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, the lead Chabad emissary to Illinois, died suddenly at age 59.Click here for the rest of the article...
Looking for the good side of the worst winter in recent memory? The snow has forced some congregations to meet in other synagogues, creating a bigger than usual Jewish tent.Click here for the rest of the article...
By Rabbi Eric Siroka
I have been following this series with great interest, curiosity and inspiration. Being asked to submit an entry reminded me that I too am a “working parent” – though that’s not usually how I describe myself among my roles as father, husband, rabbi, activist…And while finding affirmation in the words others have shared, I have found it difficult to articulate my own understanding of the challenges we working families face.
It occurs to me: often we speak of work, family, career, volunteering, child-rearing, social life – and so much more – in terms of balance – as if it is possible to achieve (or magically summon) some state of mythic equilibrium in which all the many facets of our lives and selves synchronize flawlessly. Rather than balance, I have come to see that what we are blessed with is the opportunity, as Rabbi Irwin Kula suggests in the subtitle to his book Yearnings, to “embrace the sacred messiness of life.” He quotes his mother for the opening line: “When you’ve got an answer, it’s time to find better questions.” What a perfect Jewish response to life’s complexity!
How was I reminded of this wonderful perspective? When asked to contribute to this blog, one of the instructions was to supply a recent casual picture of the family along with the written piece. Sweet. When I mentioned this to my spouse Debra, her immediate reaction was “well, we don’t have one.”
How is that possible, I asked myself, in this day of iPhones, Facebook and selfies – which all four of us definitely use? Then it struck: we’re a typical, over-busy bunch. Our son Ben is a high school freshman, with a full schedule of classes, school band, guitar lessons, extracurricular activities and hanging out with friends; daughter Vered’s time is taken up with homework, art club, French horn, and socializing as only immediate pre-B’nei Mitzvah kids can; Debra, a Jewish educator, is consumed with a variety of professional obligations, additional consulting, volunteer activities, and taking the majority of our carpooling responsibilities; as for me – beyond my congregational duties I am privileged to serve an assortment of local and national organizations. It’s not that Deb and I are a working couple; the four of us are today’s “working family.” As I write this, I’m somewhat surprised we recognize one another, never mind have time to take photos together.
So instead of searching for a level of stillness from the bustle that might be described as balance – I hope to better equip myself and my family not only to embrace life’s hectic pace, yet also to breathe deeply enough to truly enjoy the ride. Maybe we’ll take a few pictures along the way.
Rabbi Eric J. Siroka has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El since July 2006. Rabbi Siroka previously served the Or Chadash congregation in Flemington, New Jersey, for six years. Rabbi Siroka and his wife Debra, a professional Jewish educator, have two children — son Benjamin was born in 1998, and daughter Vered arrived in 2001.
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If it wasn’t clear before, it should be abundantly clear now: The Orthodox establishment will not sanction so-called partnership minyans, and it’s willing to go to the mat to fight them.Click here for the rest of the article...
In response to several anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine, the site of ongoing social upheaval, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:
“The events in Ukraine are deeply concerning for all who value human rights. We pray that the unrest will be resolved in a peaceful and democratic manner and without further loss of life. At the same time, we are also greatly troubled by several recent incidents of anti-Semitism that have shaken the Ukrainian Jewish community. The vandalism including swastikas and graffiti reading ‘Death to the Jews’ on the synagogue in Simferopol in the Crimea region this past Friday is unacceptable and serves as a bitter reminder that anti-Semitism continues to plague too many Jewish communities.
Our prayers are with the families of two men in Kiev who were killed while walking home from synagogues, to the members of the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, located 250 miles southeast of Kiev, that was firebombed a little over a week ago, and to all Jewish men, women, and children in Ukraine who fear being targets of anti-Semitism. We call on local and national leaders to delegitimize anti-Semitism and religious intolerance throughout the world and to take immediate and tangible steps to ensure the security of Ukraine’s Jewish communities.”
If you’d like to learn more the civil unrest in Ukraine, here’s a list of helpful articles:
- A Washington Post piece that answers basic questions about the region and the conflict
- An article about the vandalism at the synagogue in Simferopol
- An op-ed by the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, about the Jewish community in Ukraine
Promoting international religious freedom, fighting anti-Semitism, and ensuring the well-being of world Jewry are all priorities for the Reform Movement. For more information, check out the RAC’s issue pages on International Religious Freedom, World Jewry, and Anti-Semitism.
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You’ve got your rousing church choir, your multi-denominational trio of rabbis quoting Torah, and, above all, your pleas to please, please, please be nice. Welcome to AIPAC.Click here for the rest of the article...