Mechon Hadar

Building A Singing Community

This past Thursday night, in the basement of Mechon Hadar on the Upper West Side, nearly sixty people gathered to sit in the round and listen and participate with the music being performed by Joey Weisenberg and several other musicians. Weisenberg, a staff member at Hadar who leads regular music and singing workshops, also teaches at JTS, Hebrew Union College, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. An accomplished singer, guitarist, percussionist, and mandolin player, Weisenberg played mandolin and guitar on Thursday night, and was joined by the Hadar Ensemble, which featured two vocalists, a violinist, a fiddler, a stand-up bass player and a hand drummer.

Joey Weisenberg and friends. Andrew Belinfante

Out Of The Shul And Into The Bar

Federation’s ‘Gen i’ task force increases push to unaffiliated.

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

Friday evening typically finds the community of Kehilath Jeshurun, a Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side, at services, extending a traditional, tuneful welcome to the approaching Sabbath.

But in the fall, some of KJ’s clergy and congregants will begin celebrating Shabbat outside their accustomed settings, venturing forth to local spots like restaurants and bars to host “Sabbath salons.”

KJ outreach to unaffiliated could take place in restaurants like this one on the Upper East Side.

Indie Minyan Movement Grapples with Day School Cost

04/24/2012
Associate Editor

With recession-battered parents concerned about affordability, and with cheaper alternatives like summer camp and Hebrew charter schools in vogue among philanthropists, it makes sense that the so-called “value proposition” — making the case for why a day school education is worth the money — has become a buzz phrase in the Jewish day school world.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: Exploring “who deserves” a Jewish education.
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