Debbie Bravo

Rabbi Deborah Bravo is currently serving as the spiritual leader and founder for Makom NY: A New Kind of Jewish Community. This community seeks to reach the unaffiliated and disconnected Jew in suburban Long Island. Through a unique blend of collaboration, partnership and transparency, Rabbi Bravo and volunteers are lowering barriers and offering high level worship, programs and learning to Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. Prior to creating Makom NY, she served large and small Reform synagogues from Washington DC to Long Island. Ordained from HUC-JIR in 1998, Rabbi Bravo also holds a Master in Education from Xavier University.


Articles by Debbie Bravo

Looking at Life Through New Lenses

How the Passover story teaches us perspective

The 21st Century Resume: ‘Who I Am’ Trumps ‘What I Do’

Over the past several months, I have been given a daily gift. It doesn’t have a monetary value, nor does ...

A Celebration of New Friendships

Most of us live in a bubble – the bubble of our friends, our family, our workplace and our community. ...

Why This Rabbi No Longer Says “No” To Interfaith Weddings

Over the course of more than 18 years in the rabbinate, there has been one question that I was asked ...

As Different as Sour Cream and Applesauce, and Yet…

It is the season of latkes, which means you will hear many arguments over which condiment is the best to ...

Turkey Day – Trouble or Treat?

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday is like a ritual that we observe similarly each and every year. We ...

Feeding While Fasting – A New Beginning

Across the world yesterday or today, Jews celebrate Simchat Torah, the conclusion of the Festival of Sukkot. Simchat Torah is ...

Don’t Wait for the Angels to Send you a Message

Last September, one of the kindest and loveliest of my friends and colleagues was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ...

The Perfect High Holy Day Sermon You Will Never Hear

This weekend is Rosh Chodesh Elul. For rabbis serving communities across the world, this means one important thing – it ...

18 Years in the Rabbinate – 18 Lessons Learned

I love being a rabbi. I cannot imagine doing or being anything else. I am proud of my work for ...