Synagogues & Rabbis

-When an interfaith center building is owned in part by a Messianic Jewish organization, should a rabbi agree to officiate at a Bar Mitzvah held there? (Washington Jewish Week)

-Jeffrey K. Salkin argues that strengthening the Jewish people and the Jewish future requires greater synagogue affiliation. But that “will mean re-imagining what Jews should “get� from synagogue membership…It will mean paying attention to what Christians – yes, even evangelical, fundamentalist Christians – are doing to re-vitalize their churches. Some synagogues will need to re-invent themselves and do a “product re-launch.�� (The Jewish Week)

-When the 19-year-old dying from leukemia asked the 23-year old rabbinical student “Rabbi, where is the justice in what is happening to me?,� the student found the right reply, and it set him on his path.

-After 46 years, a synagogue maintenance man — and advisor to shul schoolkids — retires. (J.)

-A biography has appeared on Joachim Prinz, a “Rebellious Rabbi� both in the US and in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

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