Sounds of Shofar Signal New Beginnings

By Mary Klaus

When Ellis Rosenberg sounds the shofar at Kesher Israel’s Rosh Hashanah services on September 6, he will be focusing on a new beginning.

“The shofar wakes us up figuratively,” said Rosenberg, who has been performing the tradition at Kesher Israel Congregation for forty …

Freedom Seder Emphasizes Journey Away From Fear

By Adam Grobman

Racism. Anti-Semitism. Xenophobia.

These are a few of the plagues recognized at the Freedom Seder, an annual interfaith Passover program that brings together leaders, activists, and participants from across the community to “celebrate a joint vision for freedom from oppre…

Bring Light into the World this Chanukah

By Adam Grobman and Mary Klaus


Seven branches or nine? Menorah or Chanukiah? Is one right and one wrong?

If you’re confused about which candelabra to use for Chanukah, you are not alone.

Rabbis agree that the seven-candle Menorah was only used in the Temple in Jerusalem, and that th…

Be Thankful Despite These Turbulent Times, Rabbis Advise

By Mary Klaus

Thanksgiving is a comfortable holiday for Jews, even during this unprecedented year of a pandemic that shows no signs of ending, racial tension, political divisions, and an economic downturn.

Jews are used to giving thanks in daily prayers after meals, at Shabbat and during n…

Yom Kippur: A Time to Forgive Others and Ourselves

By Mary Klaus

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year. It’s also one of the most challenging.

The Day of Atonement is a time to do more than fast, pray, and attend services, apologize to G-d for wrongs committed, and ask forgiveness. It’s also a time for Jews to go …