Category Archives: Communities and Synagogues

Desperately Seeking the Sacred

Shawn Shafner
October 18, 2012

In the repurposed suburban box home where my Hebrew school used to meet, I was taught that God is everywhere. But when I looked around that shul, I didn’t find much that brought me closer to the divine, in the sense of authentic experience. That’s not to say that it was completely devoid of experiences. More »


An Ideal Community

Alissa Thomas
October 16, 2012

What is your ideal spiritual community? Take a moment to imagine it—who is a part of it, how you feel when you enter into it, what values and goals are shared there—what about it makes it ‘ideal’? When I polled my friends, many of them expressed similar themes: an ideal spiritual community is a place More »


Judaism is a Love Song

Yoni A. Dahlen
October 15, 2012

Judaism is a love song.  It is a dance both incredibly simple and yet frustratingly complex.  The evolution of Judaism in the West has often neglected this concept, adopting rather the theological and philosophical positions of our cultural neighbors and sister faiths.  Services are too long.  The liturgy is dull.  Why this tune? Where can More »


Prayer of the Heart

Avram Mlotek
October 14, 2012

12am comes and goes.  1am arrives and we’re still outside. “When do slichot begin?” someone asked. “Whenever you let them,” another answered. Slichot are a collection of penitential prayers and poems recited in the period leading up to the Yamim Noraim, the days of Awe: Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  Tonight we’ve gathered to hear Reb More »


Take Me Out To The Ball Game?

Rabbi Deborah Silver
October 12, 2012

Okay, I know I wrote about prayer last time as well. But it has long been my contention that one of the key challenges our involved Jews face, and our uninvolved Jews complain about (with my thanks to Rabbi Rami Shapiro for the wording of this distinction) is the opacity of our communal prayerbooks. That More »