Shabbat services

‘Who Ever Heard Of Drums In A Shul?’

How music and meditation jazzed up Jewish life on Fire Island.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
JTA

It was Friday evening and the cantor, wearing a leopard-print top and gladiator sandals — including one with a with a tambourine affixed to it — greeted the congregants at Shabbat services with a smile. She encouraged them to pick up the percussion instruments left on the chairs, along with the prayer books.

Basya Schechter and Rabbi Shaul Magid preparing to welcome congregants to an interactive Shabbat service. Batya Ungar-Sargon

The Ballad Of The Single Female Rabbi

06/28/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 There are so many amazing aspects to being a rabbi. It is a privilege to join people during their most special lifecycle moments (those of joy and of sorrow), to help draw them closer to our heritage and to the divine, and to mark the Jewish year with meaningful ritual. I truly love it, and my life is enriched because of being a rabbi. I have never once regretted taking part in this holy work, except…

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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