Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope

Slamming The Sermon In Park Slope

In debut NY event, a spoken-word riffing on sanctuaries and tabernacles.

02/04/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
0

The sermon is a staple of the American Jewish synagogue experience. Commonly used to glean insight into the week’s Torah reading or as an excuse to catch up on sleep — depending on your interest and the speaker’s talent — the sermon as a form tends to be formulaic. Raise a question about the parsha, offer an explanation, maybe tell a story, stick in a joke here or there. Pretty straightforward, right?

SermonSlam host Samantha Kuperberg, left, looks on as audience members form a mishkan with their bodies. Credit: Jenna Nelson

Open House In Park Slope

05/08/2012
Staff Writer

On Shabbat, the usual worshipers came to Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.

The next day, the visitors came.

As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, the century-old Brooklyn synagogue welcomed people with an interest in the synagogue’s neo-Romanesque architecture, its limestone dome and its stained-glass windows.

Photos By Michael Datikash
Syndicate content