Podcast

Episode 20: Two Part Series on Mussar - Deep and Real Communal Change w/Rabbi Marcia Plumb

Episode 20: Two Part Series on Mussar - Deep and Real Communal Change w/Rabbi Marcia Plumb

One of the successes that Rabbi Plumb touched on was how it allowed for people to bring their whole selves into the community. One of the middot (attributes) that the congregation adopted was the idea of b’tzelem elohim that each and every human being is divine and that every part of their lives is filled with holiness (holy sparks, some might say) - no part of which they should feel ashamed or judged for.

Episode 19: Celebrating Freedom and Passover w/Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Episode 19: Celebrating Freedom and Passover w/Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice), the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim Institute (Jewish animal advocacy), the Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network), and the author of sixteen books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.

Episode 18: The Invisibility of Russian Speaking Jews w/Alex Zeldin

Episode 18: The Invisibility of Russian Speaking Jews w/Alex Zeldin

Alexander Zeldin is the former Senior Communications Associate at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He is currently a strategic planning senior analyst for American Express. Alex graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science. As talented and creative as he is in his day job, Alex is also an active writer and political pundit. You can find his work in publications such as The Jewish Daily Forward and Tablet Magazine. You can always reach out to him directly at his Twitter account: @Wonko_the_sane_ just be sure you are bringing your A-game, because he sure will be.

Episode 15: Celebrating Life and Purim; on Drug and Alcohol Abuse w/Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Episode 15: Celebrating Life and Purim; on Drug and Alcohol Abuse w/Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Rabbi Mark Borovitz describes his transition to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse as though he was "struck sober". Nowadays Rabbi Mark as the CEO of Beit T'Shuva, a Jewish addiction treatment center, helps to facilitate similar healing for others.

Episode 14: Starting a Brick and Mortar in the Tech Age of Apps w/Emily Weisberg

Episode 14: Starting a Brick and Mortar in the Tech Age of Apps w/Emily Weisberg

But when my daughter is playing with Legos… when the dad goes into work his boss is a woman, and when the mom goes into work - she is the boss! And so I thought to myself: Ok, if that is something that is normal for her, maybe we have made a stride here on some level.

Episode 13: Breaking The Mold, Creating New Ways To Be and Do Jewish w/Roey Kruvi

Episode 13: Breaking The Mold, Creating New Ways To Be and Do Jewish w/Roey Kruvi

“If you want to create a space where people can talk about things that are harder to share and harder to hear - celebrating that at the end of the day with a little bit of fun just seems natural. You just need a space to release. That’s why sometimes I talk about just the need for a party at the end of the day, or some kind of fun evening program. It’s not that innovative. Anybody that has been leading Jewish shabbatons has figured that out. It’s even in the Jewish tradition. That’s why Friday night we have an Oneg or Saturday night you have some kind of celebration.”

Episode 12: Just A Dash of Orange Blossom Water with cookbook author Sara Gardner

Episode 12: Just A Dash of Orange Blossom Water with cookbook author Sara Gardner

My involvement with the Reform Jewish community of Madrid was a main part of my Fulbright experience - a main part of my living in Spain. And so when I got back, I missed them a lot and I was talking to Yael one day and had been thinking like, how do I stay connected to this community?

Episode 11: Creativity To Get You On Stage In Front Of 10k w/Andrew Lustig

Episode 11: Creativity To Get You On Stage In Front Of 10k w/Andrew Lustig

As a deep and serious thinker, Andrew Lustig opined about his ideological role models: “the people who I admire and I considered teachers are people who are always complicating issues, who are always answering with ‘well, you know, it's complicated’ or you know, ‘on one hand, but on the other hand.’ Taking those serious questions as his foundation, he uses that as fodder for creating real and imaginative works of poetry.

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