Bnai Jeshurun

From Where Does My Help Come?

Drisha-B’nai Jeshurun series calls for new communal approach to mental illness.

06/03/2014
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‘We were 20 souls around the table. Some attended out of a healthy curiosity but most were warriors of a difficult life. Some were mothers who have tragically lost their children to their illnesses, others battled depression, and many college participants feared what the future would hold for them.”

Rabbi Mychal Springer, at podium, with Rabbi Rolando Matalon and  Benyamin Cirlin.  Courtesy of Drisha

Listen To The Music Of Prayer

08/09/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Although those who daven (pray) regularly rarely think of it in these terms because they take it so for granted, music plays an irreducibly crucial role in Jewish prayer 

On the most basic level, if the proper nusach, or musical mode, is being used by a Hazzan or other prayer leader, a knowledgeable Jew will, immediately upon entering a synagogue prayer service, be able to tell whether it is a Shabbat, holiday, or weekday, or, for that matter, one of the High Holidays.  The words that make up our prayer book are not “said,” per se, but chanted, according to traditional customs and melodies that often date back thousands of years.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Some Synagogues In Northeast Canceling Services As Blizzard Approaches

02/08/2013

Some synagogues have cancelled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.

At least synagogues in Providence, R.I., have called off Shabbat services this week in light of the expected severe weather. More than two feet are expected in Providence, one of the highest predicted snowfalls.

"Due to the impending blizzard all worship services have been canceled Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said a recorded message at Providence's Temple Beth-El on Friday afternoon.

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