July 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Looking Forward to Shabbos Nachamu!

Yesterday was Tisha B'Av. I fasted, sat on the floor, read Eicha (Book of Lamentations) and Kinnos and reflected a lot on some of the difficult situations that have occurred in the Jewish community over the last couple months. While I always try to think and be positive, I was a little heartbroken this year during the days leading up to Tisha B'Av. But after I got home last night after a very inspiring Tisha B'Av lecture and a really good mincha/maariv davening, I felt that maybe things will be… Continue

Added by "Moreh" Mark Leibowitz on July 31, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hello from the Hillel Jewish University Center (JUC) of Pittsburgh!

Hello from the Hillel Jewish University Center (JUC) of Pittsburgh! We would love to connect with you if you are coming to college in the Pittsburgh area. The Hillel JUC offers unlimited opportunities for exploration in Jewish Life on campus, travel to Israel, Alternative Spring Breaks, cultural events, social events, community service opportunities, Shabbat, holidays, and many leadership opportunities. We serve students from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 28, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Jewish Movies For The Summer

In addition to my summer reading and learning, I also like to rent/borrow movies in the summer that have a Jewish theme or have a theme that can viewed from a Jewish perspective. Below are some movies that I have watched (or am looking to rewatch) this summer.

Ushpizin - This is such a great Israeli movie! A Chassidic couple in Israel are having a tough time making ends met and pour their hearts out in prayer and meditation to the Almighty that they find the means to have a little… Continue

Added by "Moreh" Mark Leibowitz on July 23, 2009 at 1:21pm — 6 Comments

Making Cancer Extinct

For the past 2 years, our family has walked 5 miles of the Boston Marathon/Jimmy Fund fundraiser in our son Daniel's honor. These walks have been wonderful, memorable experiences, and our team has raised over $20,000 for children's cancer research. We are so grateful for the many family members and friends who have walked with us, side by side, to celebrate Daniel's healing and to create hope for other families and children facing childhood cancer.

We are getting ready to do it… Continue

Added by Lori Novick-Carson on July 16, 2009 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Israel Eases Burden on West Bank

Click here to read this AIPAC report:… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 15, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Rabbi Steven Wernick Reflects on Meeting with President Obama

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick, who has just become executive vice president and CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, was among the 16 national Jewish leaders invited to the White House on July 13 for a candid conversation with President Barack Obama about the issues most important to the President and the American Jewish community.

Subjects included the economy, the environment, healthcare, and poverty, but the focus was on foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East.… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 14, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Hebrew National & Kosher Politics

What’s kosher about answering to a higher authority?

July 10, 2009

Kenneth Lasson

Special to the Jewish Times

Barbecued hot dogs are as American as apple pie on the Fourth of July — and as universal, for that matter, as Israeli cookouts on Yom Ha’atzmaut or Lag B’Omer. In fact, they’re consumed around the world, from Australia to Zambia, and have become a major part of the increasingly capitalistic fast-food business in communist China and… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 14, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Jewish Week: "Conservatives End Push To Convert Intermarrieds"

by Stewart Ain
Staff Writer

At the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism’s biennial convention in 2005, its top professional drew a line in the sand: He told delegates that the movement could no longer be passive on the issue of conversions. “We must,” Rabbi Jerome Epstein said, “begin aggressively to encourage conversions” of non-Jewish spouses. Read more...

Added by Rabbi David on July 8, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments


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Added by Elaine L. Matisoff on July 6, 2009 at 10:46am — No Comments

JPost.com: "Arson scorches Modi'in synagogue entrance"

Fire blackened the entrance of the Masorti Yedid Nefesh synagogue in Modi'in.

The fire blackened the entrance mat and melted two plastic plants.

Members of the community, which numbers about 40 families, said that the incident comes just two weeks after a sign was placed on the façade of the synagogue identifying it with the Masorti movement.

But police said that fire was set by bored teenagers and that there was no suspicion that the attack was religiously… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 6, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

"The Holocaust - Memory and Legacy,"

"The Holocaust - Memory and Legacy," a new one-hour documentary film on Boston-area Holocaust survivors by Jewish Advocate correspondent, author, poet and filmmaker Susie Davidson, will be shown at 7 and 8:30 p.m. for two showings this Sunday night, July 5, at Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St. in Inman Square, Cambridge.

The film was just featured in an article in this past Sunday's Globe West, and has a two-page spread in the new Shalom Magazine. It is narrated by WBZ's Jordan Rich… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on July 2, 2009 at 1:39pm — No Comments

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