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
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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

Brooklyn’s Newest Jews

Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park and Midwood draw young liberal families who’ve been priced out of Park Slope.

07/31/2012
Staff Writer

On a recent Wednesday, an ethnically diverse crew of campers returned from a morning swim and clattered downstairs for their daily Israeli dance party.

The Hester kosher supper club draws monthly crowds in Ditmas Park.

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

‘Voices’ Divided Over Israel

Blocks away from a food co-op’s BDS battles, a quirky, progressive and not exactly pro-Israel shul grows in Brooklyn.

04/17/2012
Staff Writer

Just a few weeks ago, the Park Slope Food Co-op became ground zero of the global movement to boycott Israel. A whirl of pamphlets, “The Daily Show” cameras and citizen journalists descended upon the Brooklyn neighborhood’s chic streets for a few days, and most of the area’s synagogues were swept into the melée.

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.

Prospect Park Frum

Fledgling Modern Orthodox congregation in Brownstone Brooklyn is new beachhead for Upper West Side crowd.

01/03/2012
Staff Writer

On most nights, Wolf and Deer, a trendy new wine bar owned by a pair of Sabras in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, attracts a fashionable crowd sipping an international selection of wines and beers.

On one recent night, the cuisine was strictly kosher — some wines, latkes, doughnuts.

The new Prospect Heights Shul attracts a young, Upper West Side type crowd.
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