Category Archives: Neighborhoods

I don’t need a synagogue, but is there a community garden?

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
June 27, 2014

Talmud Yerushalmi, Kiddushin 4:12 :ר’ חזקיה רבי כהן בשם רב: אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה לא רופא, ולא מרחץ, ולא ב”ד מכין וחובשין. אמר ר’ יוסי בי ר’ בון אף אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה גינוניתא של ירק Rabbi Hezekiah and Rabbi Kohen in the name of Rav said: It is forbidden to live in a city More »

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A Light Unto the Neighborhoods

Yoni A. Dahlen
June 25, 2014

From my office window in Boro Park, I see Hasidim buying flowers and carrying challahs. Girls in long skirts and leather shoes talk in front of brownstone stoops, covering their mouths as if embarrassed by their giggles. “Es iz tsayit tsu geyn a haym,” my supervisor tells me. “It’s time to go home, Yoni. A More »

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Returning Home

June 23, 2014

We came from the desert. Kind of, as the pre-Jewish tribes ranged across sections of Judea and Mesopotamia in an era when the Middle East was likely a bit greener than it is today, and life was still not easy. Our communities began as semi-nomadic groups, herding, then tilling, practicing disparate religious customs until one More »

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Good Neighbors

Rabbi Jessica Lott
June 22, 2014

I live in a neighborhood of churches.  Within a two block radius of my home you can find the United House of Prayer for All People, Mount Joy Soul Saving Station, Church of the Living God, Third Street Church of God, Galbraith AME Zion Church, Church of God and Saints of Christ (Temple Beth El), More »

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A Community Shul

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
June 18, 2014

Places mean different things to different people. In the early aughts, I lived in West Hollywood, California, one of the most prominently gay-friendly cities in the United States. (Best and cheapest haircuts I ever had.) During a visit back East to Massachusetts, I visited my Russian émigrés cousins. When I told them where I lived, they More »

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Mall Rat

Naomi Less
June 16, 2014

Once upon a time, I was a Jewish suburban girl…hard to believe, right? But my world consisted of a small neighborhood with a big mall. I walked to the mall three blocks away first as 4th or 5th grader to buy jelly bellys with my friend. Next, in junior high I was dropped off by More »

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In the Neighborhood of My Mind

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
June 13, 2014

Near dawn I am roused by voices speaking outside my window. It is Edmond Jabes and Max Jacob – they’ve been carousing in the streets, singing patriotic French ballads, and whistling at passersby. Their chatter inspires me. I wash my face and brush my teeth. I listen to the local radio, trying to orient myself More »

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What, You’re making Aliyah!?

Rabbi Sara Brandes
June 11, 2014

Why would an upper middle class girl from sunny Los Angeles choose to move to Israel? What is clear from the tears, shock and general mystification around our choice to move our young family is that aliyah was not the intended consequence of the Israel education I received at my Jewish Day School, summer camp, More »

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