UJA-Federation of New York announced its second year of awards to synagogues that have done “exemplary” work in making their spaces more inclusive of people with disabilities, according to a press release.
I live in Hoboken, a town of churches (and 1 synagogue – hi, Rabbi Scheinberg!) This small city’s Catholic character is obvious to any casual visitor, and certainly struck us strongly when we were scouting the place out and toured many apartments for sale above whose pristine beds, plumped up attractively for prospective buyers, sat crucifixes large and small. In fact, one of my neighbors has in her living room two huge portraits: one of Frank Sinatra, and one of the Pope.
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, a senior vice president of the Union of Reform Judaism and the founding director of Just Congregations, the union’s community organizing arm, is considering a run for Senate as a Democrat in the Massachusetts special election to succeed John Kerry, according to the blog “Talking Politics.”
Pesner began having “exploratory conversations” about three weeks ago, and is moving forward with the process, he told the blogger, David Bernstein, who blogs for the Phoenix, a weekly newspaper and website in the Boston area.
When the second season of this BBC period drama about the life and loves of the aristocratic Grantham family ended, we were hoping that the third – to premiere stateside on PBS in less than a month – would boast a dash of yiddishkeit.