Jewish continuity

Rabbi David Okunov, 30

06/05/2013

http://718synagogue.com

Preserving the flame of Judaism.

When Rabbi David Okunov got word in 2011 that a small shul on Coney Island/Brighton Beach needed help for High Holy Days services, he agreed to lead them. He arrived to find five individuals, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, in a dilapidated room.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“Many people said, ‘Rabbi, you’re young. Why are you coming to such a place? It’s old and dingy.' I said, ‘Let’s see if people come. Then we’ll decide.’”
-- Rabbi David Okunov, 30

Scott Reich, 29

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/05/2013

@ScottDReich
Reform minded.

Scott Reich actually enjoyed Hebrew school. “I loved the stories about how things came to be, the traditions,” he said.

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Reyna Schaechter, 18

Associate Editor
06/05/2013

www.yiddishsisters.com
www.youtube.com/user/shekhtertekhter
Yiddish diva.

Reyna Schaechter is only 18 and is not chasidic, but she has been speaking Yiddish her entire life.

A Hunter College High School senior who will attend Yale next year, Schaechter calls the mameloshen her “tateloshen” (father tongue) because she — along with her older brother and younger sister — learned it at the insistence of their father, Binyumen.

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Generation F

Theological fluidity of young Jews posing tough challenge to Jewish institutions on eve of 2011; rash of new efforts to reach ‘drifters.’

12/28/2010
Staff Writer

Her grandparents — “cultural” Jews on one side of the family, more traditional on the other — came to the United States from the Old Country a century ago and didn’t change their level of religious observance (or non-observance) during their lives. Their spiritual lives were a straight line.

Her parents, newly married, moved to Westchester County in the early 1970s, joined a Reform temple and never left it. Their spiritual lives were also a straight line.

Abby Sher’s spiritual life is a curve.

Abby Sher, the girl who couldn’t stop praying.

Jewish Identity: Finally, The Right Discussion

06/08/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The dispute now raging over how American Jewry should fund overseas Jewish needs will have at least one important outcome: it will put a serious discussion about Jewish identity on the front burner of the organized American Jewish community (“Jewish Agency, JDC, Stake Claims In Funding Fight,” May 7). Such a discussion is long overdue.

Finding A Rabbi Who Does Interfaith Weddings

When Joe and I got engaged 13 years ago in Ann Arbor, Mich., I was sure we’d have trouble finding a rabbi to perform our wedding.

As it turned out, the rabbi at the local Reform temple was willing and available. When we arrived for our first meeting, I came expecting a lengthy interrogation about exactly how we planned to raise our children. I was prepared to commit to taking an Intro to Judaism class together and ready to solemnly pledge we would hand over our future children to The Jewish People, never ever have a Christmas tree in the house and so on.

Wanted: Nice Jewish Boy

05/27/2005
Staff Writer
A match made in heaven? No, TV.

Caught Between Two Faiths

05/20/2005
Staff Writer
For the past three years, a 12-year-old Long Island boy has been leading a double life.

Reviving And Modernizing The Old Klezmer Songs

12/16/2008
Staff Writer
When Aaron Kula comes across music for a Jewish song written perhaps more than 100 years ago and missing one or more pages, he doesn’t discard it but rather composes the missing sections. Kula, director of music collections and performance at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton, said he creates about 25 to 30 musical compositions each year. Although some are pieces in which he has had to fill in missing sections, most are compositions Kula wrote having only the song’s melody and no accompaniment.

Reviving And Modernizing The Old Klezmer Songs

12/16/2008
Staff Writer
When Aaron Kula comes across music for a Jewish song written perhaps more than 100 years ago and missing one or more pages, he doesn’t discard it but rather composes the missing sections. Kula, director of music collections and performance at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton, said he creates about 25 to 30 musical compositions each year. Although some are pieces in which he has had to fill in missing sections, most are compositions Kula wrote having only the song’s melody and no accompaniment.
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