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Rabbi Lopatin attends Ambassador Son’s Bar Mitzvah at Ancestors’ Prague Synagogue

Posted on August 30, 2016

The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew H. Schapiro, celebrated his son’s bar mitzvah in the same synagogue that his ancestors attended before the Holocaust with Rabbi Asher Lopatin. Read about the celebration.Read the rest

Are We Mourning and How? Heard Round WexWorld: Tisha B’Av

Posted on August 11, 2016

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is featured on the Wexner Foundations blog where they asked several from within their network to comment on whether they were observing Tisha b’Av and, if so, how and why. Read their thoughts and insights.Read the rest

YCT Rabbinical student learns to make social justice a reality

Posted on August 9, 2016

Rachmiel Gurwitz ’17 is featured in the Times of Israel Article “Rabbinical Students Learn to Make Social Justice a Reality” for his work with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and the Damayan Migrants Association.

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Departing Rabbi Max Davis calls serving B’nai Torah ‘tremendous blessing’

Posted on August 4, 2016

“LONGMEADOW — Thirty-five-year-old Rabbi Max Davis was installed as rabbi at B’nai Torah here in September 2011. Davis had served as spiritual leader of the Modern Orthodox congregation since August 2010, and the installation marked the first time he would serve as a head rabbi…” Read the full article at masslive.comRead the rest

YCT Condemns Rav Yigal Levenstein’s Hurtful and Divisive Remarks

Posted on July 20, 2016

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School joins the many rabbis, government officials, and institutions in Israel in rejecting the hurtful and unacceptable words of Rabbi Yigal Levenstein of the B’nai David Preparatory Seminary in Eli.  In an act unbecoming of a leader preparing young Jewish men to serve in the IDF, Rabbi Levenstein lashed out both at the LGBT community, calling them perverted, and at the Reform community, which he called a Christian denomination.… Read the rest

In what could be a first, Orthodox synagogue elects all-female board

Posted on July 13, 2016

Five women chosen at Ohio’s Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, which installed first female president in 2013. Rabbi Truboff’s Ohio Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, has elected an all-female slate of officers.Read the rest

Sacramento temple hires native son as rabbi

Posted on July 13, 2016

Camping trips, new Torah classes, backpacking retreats, discussions that connect agriculture to the Talmud and Jewish law, a cycling club — congregants at Kenesset Israel Torah Center in Sacramento can expect all that and more after Rabbi Garth Silberstein steps in as spiritual leader.Read the rest

Rabbi Adam Scheier ’04 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visit Auschwitz

Posted on July 11, 2016

The Globe and Mail reports on the emotional visit to Auschwitz by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Rabbi Adam Scheier ’04.

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New East Bay Federation Hire Bring His Focus on Food Justice

Posted on June 24, 2016

On June 16, Jweekly.com reported on Rabbi Andrew Kastner ’10 and his new position as Director of Community Impact at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, in the article, New East Bay Federation Hire Brings His Focus on Food Justice.… Read the rest

Shavuot in Birmingham

Posted on June 24, 2016

Scott Kalmikoff ’18 writes about a Shavuot visit to Birmingham:

My maternal grandfather’s family has been living in New York since the 1850s, and I am a sixth-generation New Yorker. Other than studying in Israel for a year and a half, I have spent my entire life in the New York area and had never visited a Jewish community outside of New York or New Jersey, so I naturally wanted to experience small-town Jewish life.… Read the rest