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

When Veterans Die – Do the Words Still Have the Same Meaning?

Over the past month, there has been much conversation about veterans: the observance of our annual Veterans Day, the lack ...

Columbus Day: A Sign of Celebration, Or a Ritual that Should Be Put To Rest?

When I picture Christopher Columbus, I picture this boat, and I recall the story I learned as a child in ...

An Open Letter to Any Republicans I Might Know

The opportunity, the demand for us to fix our world falls on each of our shoulders, and there is an urgency to act now.

Humans Acting Like Humans: Pushing Past Politics

As a rabbi, I am always cautious about that fine balance of being ‘political’ while doing justice.

BDS, Barnard and Natalie: The Bigger Problem

“Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation.”

What Jews Can Learn From Mormons

Looking to the joint humanitarian causes

Where Do You Keep Your Safety Deposit Box?

As a rabbi, I am privileged to officiate at many life cycle events.  I become part of a family’s life ...

Making #MeToo Mine as a Mom

Balancing the need to raise resilient children with ensuring they know they do not have to accept inappropriate behavior.