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Terumah #ParshaTweet: The space between the inner architectures of 2 souls is God's sacred home. We contain more than is needed. #abundance

Fwd: New Huffington Post Blog by Chancellor Arnold Eisen: "Jewish Ethics and the NFL"

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Jewish Ethics and the NFL
by JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisenhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/arnold-m-eisen/jewish-ethics-and-the-nfl_b_4690759.html?1391192823I love watching professional football on TV, and have loved it for as long as I can remember.There are multiple reasons for this pleasure: vivid memories of watching games with my father, and then watching (and tossing a football) with my son; images of college dorm camaraderie that centered on viewing sports on television; the companionship of the guys in the broadcast booth. I take great satisfaction in a well-executed running play -- and delight most of all in the excitement, athleticism, and sheer beauty of a pass thrown and caught way downfield. This is magic. I am that receiver, along with hundreds of thousands of other viewers. I was him once, sort of, in the touch football games I played as a kid.That is probably why it has become a little harder, noticeably less enjoyable, and even a source of ethical perplexity to watch the…

We cannot eliminate sadness. But we can ensure a loving, gentle space for others while they grieve. #hamakom

letter to the editor (Jewish Daily Forward, re: "Why Caleb Jacoby's Disappearance Is Our Business")

letter to the editor (Jewish Daily Forward, re: "Why Caleb Jacoby's Disappearance Is Our Business")
Jews are just like everyone else, no better no worse. Our communities and families contain mental illness, moments of triumph, domestic violence, and deep humanity. The best of these were manifest in the global Jewish community's successful efforts to locate Caleb Jacoby. I was therefore surprised to read Adena Cohen-Bearak's critique of the Jacoby family's desire to keep their son's health concerns private ("Why Caleb Jacoby's Disappearance Is Our Business", Jan. 24). If the best Jewish values led us all to participate in rescuing a person in need, why wouldn't other aspects of our "best selves" - , ie, granting a family privacy and space to heal - be appropriate? Has our pervasive technological interconnectivity surpassed the Jewish mandate to respect healthy boundaries?
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Berkeley, CA


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Kosher Pop-Ups in Berkeley - A kosher fine dining experience! Sunday, Feb. 16 at the West Side Café, 2570 9th St. (X Parker)

Save the date...Spread the word...
Kosher Pop-Ups*presents
An Epic Night ~ A kosher fine dining experience
Sunday, February 16 at the West Side Café, 2570 9th Street X Parker, Berkeley
No-host cocktail hour 6-7 pm

Followed by A Modern American Meal prepared by Epic Bites
Featuring pastured Grow and Behold  beef (veg option available)
Prix fixe $54 per person ($45 veg)

Under the Kosher Supervision of Congregation Beth Israel and Beth Jacob Congregation.

*Kosher Pop-Ups is a community effort bringing unique kosher experiences to Bay Area food lovers. 
"We are here for the food and not for profit."

Seating is extremely limited.
Reservation link will open early next week, watch for it in your inbox.


Questions or more info: contact kosherpopups@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Announcing the Publication of Rabbi Creditor’s New Poetry Collection / FIERCE FEELINGS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Announcing the Publication of Rabbi Creditor's New Poetry Collection / FIERCE FEELINGS
This second collection of poetry by author and musician Rabbi Menachem Creditor reflects what foreword contributor Dan Schifrin calls "one teacher's theology of the everyday." FIERCE FEELINGS is a lyrical invitation to a sacred experience with the world.
Available at createspace.com and amazon.com! (in paperback and Kindle editions)
About Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally, in Ghana, and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world. His most recent books are "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence" and "Siddur Tov LeHodot: A Transliterated Shabbat Prayerbook." …

Announcing the Publication of Rabbi Creditor’s New Poetry Collection / FIERCE FEELINGS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcing the Publication of Rabbi Creditor’s New Poetry Collection / FIERCE FEELINGS


This second collection of poetry by author and musician Rabbi Menachem Creditor reflects what foreword contributor Dan Schifrin calls “one teacher's theology of the everyday.” FIERCE FEELINGS is a lyrical invitation to a sacred experience with the world. Available at createspace.com and amazon.com! (in paperback and Kindle editions)

About Rabbi Menachem Creditor


Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally, in Ghana, and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world. His most recent books are "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence" and "Siddur Tov LeHodot: A Transliterated Shabbat Prayerbook." A frequent spe…

Be The Change! - Just City Leadership Institute (for Rising High School Juniors and Seniors)

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NJ Jewish Standard: "Conservative youth seek campus revival"

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NJ Jewish Standard: "Conservative youth seek campus revival"Cranford grad student leads push to restore college outreach effort More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on print + enlarge image Douglas Kandl of Cranford, a founder of Masorti on Campus, said the Shabbaton in February will be "about how to bring Conservative Judaism to your campus." + more images If you go What: Masorti on Campus ShabbatonWhere: Jewish Theological Seminary, ManhattanWhen: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23Fee: $90 (includes all meals and programs); students are urged to contact their campus Hillel and other sources for further support.Registration: masorticampus.org ADVERTISEMENTS by Joanne Palmer
Jewish StandardJanuary 22, 2014http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/20884/conservative-youth-seek-campus-revival#.UuARNBDTmM8
Last year, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the Conservative movement's affiliated congregations, disco…

Will healing wait for a shooting on every block, in every school, theater, and political gathering, until the dead are piled in our streets?

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Every Person is Holy (A short channeling of Rav Kook)

This Sunday: the CNS Ritual Fair!

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CNS Ritual Committee & Adult Education Present: The CNS Ritual Fair! This Sunday, Jan. 26, 9-12:30
Want to learn how to....... lift a Torah?... lead some davening?... sing a Shabbat song at home?... take on a new mitzvah?The CNS Ritual Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn and teach each other the "how-to's" of Jewish practice! Come for a part, stay for the whole experience - every mitzvah is yours for the learning!9am - tefilin workshop/how-to (CNS Library)9:30 - Sunday Morning minyan10:00(ish) - 10:30 nosh n' schmoozealso at 10am -- "Out of the Mouths of Babes "-- What exactly are Netivot Shalom's Preschool children chanting at morning circle time?  How do the songs go and what do they mean?  Join Rabbi Dorothy Richman for interactive learning as we delve into adult discussions about some of the blessings our children say each day.  (This is the first of three sessions, followed by sessions on February 23 and March 9.)10:30 - Other Session…

A Prayer in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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A Prayer in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Adapted by Rabbi Menachem Creditor from a prayer by Rabbi Lilly Kaufman (http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/prayer-honor-martin-luther-king-day?tp=205)

Dear Lord,
We know Dr. King would have faced hard facts today, and he would have made sure we faced them right by his side.
He would know the number of children going hungry in America this very minute. He would know the number of dead, thanks to guided missiles and misguided people and woefully-ignored gun violence in our country. He would have had a thing or two to say about that, Would have called not just for a no-shots-day, but for a mentality that tolerates no shots any day.
Dr. King, your servant, would speak truth about the astounding costs of financial corruption, of institutionalized inequality; he would have forced us to see the costs of "free trade": 27 million people today still cursed to live in slavery.
He would have seen beyond the numbers, to the faces of people.
He wo…

Yitro #ParshaTweet: Wisdom from within and without are necessary when building a just & sustainable society, & #Revelation requires both.

walking with a friend

Walking with a Friend
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

weeping with the heavy beauty
feeling deeply known
sensing my heart in the past
walking with a friend
knowing the future requires more
from this older soul
than one life can provide
praying with trembling hands
in this virtual land
of dark and light
white fire on black fire

Two New Adult Classes at Netivot Shalom on Mikveh and Jewish Practice at Home!

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CNS Adult Education Presents Two New Classes! The Logistics of Jewish Practice in the Home &  Mikveh: the Mitzvah of Transformation
The Logistics of Jewish Practice in the HomeThursdays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, and Feb. 67:30 to 9pm in the CNS LibraryThis class is free and open to all. Being Jewish is a way of life. We do not live our lives at the synagogue. How do we create the feel and reality of a Jewish life in our homes and families? Come to this class if you want to explore ways of creating a home that feels more Jewish. Whether single or partnered; gay, transgender, straight; with or without children--join us as we learn how to bring a stronger Jewish presence into our 21stcentury homes, traditional and nontraditional alike. Led by Robin Braverman, with contributions from others, The Logistics of Jewish Practice will address the how-to of many elements of Jewish practice at home, from building a Jewish library to how to make Shabbos at home and prepare for Pesach. The class will be …

A Rabbinic Comment on Messianic Politics

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A Rabbinic Comment on Messianic Politics © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon brought to light a deep problem within the State of Israel and the People Israel when he called Secretary of State John Kerry's pursuit of peace in the Middle East 'messianic.' By doing so, he placed visible daylight between Israel and its best ally, the United States of America. He also worsened Israel's global diplomatic relationships, already strained under Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's indelicate leadership.
Interestingly, this time even Lieberman criticized Ya'alon, saying "Having a public, boisterous debate is not right and it does not contribute to either of the parties. There is no place for personal attacks, even if there are occasional disagreements."
But that's only different in extent from the extremist political activists who burned Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin z"l in effigy seeing themselves as dis…

Rabbi Gerald Zelizer in the New York Jewish Week: "Conservative Movement’s Impact On The Left And Right"

Conservative Movement's Impact On The Left And Right Tue, 01/14/2014 Rabbi Gerald Zelizer http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/opinion/conservative-movements-impact-left-and-right
First the Pew survey, then the eulogies for Conservative Judaism. Compared with ten years ago, the absolute number of Conservative Jews has declined precipitously. It has the lowest retention rate among the three major denominations. Worst of all, only 11 percent of respondents under the ages of 30 define themselves as Conservative. But hold on.  It is true that the Conservative Movement is not doing so well.It is also true that Conservative Judaism is doing quite well.             Conservative Judaism, as contrasted with the Conservative Movement, is a particular approach to Judaism. It stands for "tradition and change," or as someone called it "authenticity and relevancy." It also means analyzing Judaism's sacred texts, like the Hebrew Bible, historically and scientifica…

A Torah Scroll From War-Ravaged Poland was Just Lost in Jerusalem. Please spread the word to your networks!!

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A friend of a friend just shared an incredible story about her family's Torah. It was brought out of war-torn Poland and left in Jerusalem for safe keeping. Now it is missing. The family is feeling the loss of this treasure and continues searching. Here's an article that tells the story, just published in The Forward: http://bit.ly/1kwpIsKHere's the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/survivorsscrollPlease spread the word to your networks. You never know what might lead to the missing Torah.

equally vulnerable

equally vulnerable © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
today's headlines roar: bans and bodies drop twelve-year-olds and ex-cops with guns a father can be shot for texting two fathers can be a family all equally vulnerable

Pacifica Institute: Interfaith Conversations with Rabbi Marvin Goodman

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Interfaith Conversationswith Rabbi Marvin GoodmanExecutive Director
Board of Rabbis of Northern California
Marvin Goodman was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological of America in 1975. He studied at the seminary after having earned his BA from Indiana University in 1970. Between 1975-1988 he was the Executive Director of the Northern California Region of the United Synagogue of America, as well as the Regional United Synagogue Youth Director. During that time, he was very instrumental in the development of Camp Arazim. In 1988, he became the rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, a conservative congregation in Foster City, California. During his 19 years as Peninsula Sinai's rabbi, he worked on developing programs and activities, which helped the members of the congregation feel and know that they were part of a caring community. In 2006, he became the Executive Director of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Rabbi in Residence of the Jewish Federation. He is ma…