synagogue

Shabbat Shalom – You’re Doing It Wrong!

My family hadn’t been to synagogue in awhile. Even though I’m a Jewish professional myself, it happens—largely because while I ...

Towards A More Perfect Union

It’s Monday evening, July 25, and I’m watching the Democratic National Convention. Senator Cory Booker, a dynamic and powerful speaker ...

Why Do So Many Jews Ignore Shavuot?

Shavuot has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays.

The Unsung Heroes of the Synagogue

Like many who grew up in a synagogue, I can probably say that I had more opportunities to hang out with the ...

#TBT: The Orthodox Shul Dedicated in the Mississippi Delta in January 1923

Greenwood, Mississippi is a small town nestled in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Today, it’s known for being home ...

Modern Maccabees: An African Hanukkah Story

This year, Hanukkah has special meaning for the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Hanukkah is not a major holiday like Shabbat or ...

Coming Out & Combining Names

After 11 years of marriage, my wife Kate and I are finally going to change our last names. I’m a ...

3 Times a Year – THAT’S ALL!

Back in biblical times, Israelites would come to the great Temple three times a year, in the fall, and at ...

Shul-Shopping? Don’t Do It Now

A couple of years ago during the High Holidays, I was approached by someone visiting my synagogue for the first ...

Overcoming Obstacles to Recite Mourner’s Kaddish with Dignity

My father died on Rosh Hashanah 5764. He died at home, in a clean white bed, surrounded by his wife ...