Jewish Voices, Jewish Life

It’s what we do every day. Whether it’s the food we favor…a bagel with shmear… or the drive to repair the world…tikkun olam, we Jews are there, especially in Rockland County. We plan to bring Doing Jewish to you every Friday. Sometimes it’ll be fun, sometimes it’ll be serious.

A somber anniversary.

One year ago, today, we were all transfixed in horror and concern as we learned of the collapse of a beachside condominium building in Surfside, Florida. 98 people died in the tragedy, and several factors distinguished this event both in the public eye and for our community in particular.

An Important Weekend to Recognize.

This weekend, led by the African American community, across Rockland and the entire country many of us will be joining to celebrate Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of African American slaves, specifically general order #3 emancipating the slaves of Texas on June 19th 1865.

Enhancing Your Rosh Hashanah Rituals at Home

More than many other Jewish holidays, the High Holidays take place in the synagogue. While most Jews associate Passover, Hanukkah and Shabbat primarily with home celebrations, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur conjure up memories of hours spent in services. But these synagogue-based holidays…

Rabbi Berkman's D'var Torah.

Jews have the reputation of being argumentative. But that's a good thing. A good argument is one where the two (or more) with completely differing opinions open themselves up to hearing the opinion of the other. Listen to Rabbi David Berkman of New City Jewish Center talk about what it mean…

Rabbi Ben Sharf's D'var Torah

Rabbi Ben Sharff on this week's torah portion about war and our response to it. He suggests that the trumpet blasts that sounded in ancient Israel when Israel was attacked can also be thought of today as a call to all humanity everywhere that in war all humanity suffers.