For quite a number of weeks leaders in Judaism have focused on the shocking Pew Report that presented a dismal future for Jews. One of the most shocking numbers was the 34% of Jews who believed it was OK to be Jewish and believe in Jesus. This was only a number, a very daunting number [Read More]
Walking into the synagogue on Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day assembly at the end of Sukkot was like walking into school for the first time. Only this time my mother was not there to hold my hand, and tell me everything would be alright.
The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av begins tonight (Wednesday, July 29) at sunset. This day marks the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, in 423 BCE and 69 CE by the Babylonians and the Romans respectively.
Over the past ten years, our community’s focus on continuity has led to a growing interest in Jewish spirituality. This has not been limited to a desire for more intensity and passion in synagogue services, but a quest for the transcendent in all areas of life. Could there be more to giving and community involvement than the emergence of our “inner mentsch”?
An effective program of prevention has five components: Affiliate: become part of the Jewish community, by taking classes, joining a synagogue or attending events at the Jewish Community Center. Take advantage of the resources in your community and strengthen your bond with your past and your people;
On June 13, 1996, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution which called for the Baptists to direct their “energies and resources toward the proclamation of the gospel to the Jewish people.” In essence, this puts the force and power of the largest fundamentalist Christian denomination with over 37,000 churches and 15 million members in the U.S.- squarely on the side of bringing Jews to Christianity.