A Universal Embrace: The Faith Trio’s Interfaith Art Show

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Announcements, Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson A version of the talk below was delivered by Rabbi Burt at the opening of the Interfaith Art Show at the Northern California Islamic Cultural Center on December 3rd, 2017. The great mystics of the world’s spiritual traditions testified that during their mystical experiences the boundaries that circumscribed their everyday identities […]

Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values Abraham Joshua Heschel – Part 1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson What were the Jewish origins of the spiritual and moral values that guided the fashioning of my vision of Kehilla Community Synagogue? Four prominent modern Jewish teachers influenced my life at crucial times during the 1960s, and the values I learned from them became vital to the founding of Kehilla. These […]

Transforming the Fear of Death

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson These last years have been immensely challenging for me as my body has been experiencing its inevitable decline and I feel myself moving inexorably toward death. At times I have been wrapped in fear. What will become of this person I am? Will my “I” continue in some other form? Or […]

Mending Our Souls

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson The Ba’al Shem Tov was a mystic who was able to ascend to higher spiritual realms through ecstatic worship, experiencing the underlying radiance, mystery and oneness of reality. His disciples were drawn to him, in large part, because of the promise that they could learn from him the way to enter […]

Wisdom of the Ba’al Shem Tov

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson NOTE: This is the first of a series of articles that articulate the wisdom of the Ba’al Shem Tov. The pieces come from my new book, There is Only One Love: The Ba’al Shem Tov in the Modern World. A Teacher of Love The tales about the Ba’al Shem show him […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the thirteenth and final essay in a series devoted to the beginnings of Kehilla. Re-Visioning the American Synagogue The phrase “Jewish Renewal” came into prominence in the early 1980s, but there were numerous communities in the late 1960s and 1970s across the country that were part of the […]

  On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the twelfth of an ongoing series of personal essays on the beginnings of Kehilla. Each article shares the origins of one or more of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I have now completed, […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

Note: This is the eleventh of an ongoing series of personal essays on the beginnings of Kehilla. Each article shares the origins of one or more of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I have now completed, There is Only One […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the tenth of an ongoing series of personal essays on the beginnings of Kehilla. Each article shares the origins of one or more of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I am in the […]

On the Origins of Kehilla

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Announcements, Rabbi Burt's Blog | No Comments

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Note: This is the ninth of an ongoing series of personal essays on the beginnings of Kehilla. Each article shares the origins of one or more of the ideals and/or values that motivated me to start Kehilla. The essays are adapted from the manuscript of the book I am in the […]