A fabulous video of a few moments from the recent Debbie Friedman Memorial Concert at HUC-JIR (Jerusalem). I love this arrangement. It is astonishing to realize (again) how Debbie Friedman influenced so many of us in our connections to our Judaism. May she rest in peace.
From a press release received this week:
Synagogues across the country are also stepping up to the plate to meet the needs of the next generation of Jewish people. Many of these synagogues have been collected into a single database that specializes in publicizing these dynamic services. No Membership Required is a free and comprehensive online database of synagogues across the country that offer social, engaging and educational Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members. It lists Synagogue details (and prices where relevant) and indicates what range of services are offered including additional programs such for youth, teen, and explanatory services.
Anyone interested in learning more about the No Membership Required service … can visit the website www.nomembershiprequired.com.
“The very best Israel education that money can buy will not assuage [American rabbinical students’] profound sense of estrangement from this country as long as this Jewish state of ours refuses to accept their status as rabbis and legitimize the Judaism of their congregants. As with diplomacy, good pedagogy is no substitute for good policy.”
See the full, truthful, and sadly important editorial via eJewish Philanthropy.
“But, most importantly today, we pray for the Jewish State and her citizens and offer our condolences to the victims and their families.”
–Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
(full statement here)