From the TBA Mission to Eastern Europe

Submitted by Rabbi Kulwin, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Boker Tov!

Over the years I’ve written many of these “letters home,” generally at the end of a group or personal visit to Israel, but occasionally I’ve pushed the send button from other locales, like Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro and even, once, Indianapolis.

Meeting the Zakkour Family

Submitted by Rabbi Dantowitz 10 Nisan 5776

Dear Friends,

Though the Syrian refugee crisis is five years old, the photo last summer of the drowned young Aylan Kurdi woke us up. Suddenly, it was not just an issue far away.  In this innocent face we could see our own children. But what could we do?

My Jewish Roots in Illinois Coal Country

Submitted by Rabbi Kulwin, 3/11/2016

Shalom from Barcelona...and elsewhere

Submited by Rabbi Kulwin, 2/14/2016

Dear Friends:

From late August to late June, we celebrate b’nei mitzvah pretty much weekly so I am rarely away for more than a few days.  Several months ago, however, I noticed February would bring two wonderfully anomalous consecutive weekends without b’nei mitzvah.  I said to Robin, let’s do something different.

Fine.  But what to do?  We of course wanted to go to Israel, at least for a short visit.  That’s a given.  But also something else?

Flight home: Los Angeles to Newark before the blizzard

Rabbi Dantowitz January 21, 2016—11 Shevat 5776

Last week I attended the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Retreat in Simi Valley, CA. Along with 55 rabbis and cantors we focused on the spiritual practices of text study, prayer, meditation, mindful eating, yoga, and talking to God (hitbodedut) with the majority of each day (after dinner until after lunch) in silence. It’s amazing how “noisy” it is even in silence as quieting one’s mind is no small task.

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