In Memoriam: Allan Solomonow, z”l (1937-2020)

May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing. by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Allan Solomonow was one of the most remarkable and courageous human beings I have ever met, and he was a personal hero of mine. Allan was one of the very first American Jewish activists to work on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. While […]

Science, Spirituality, and Judaism, Part 1

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson Science and Psychedelic Experience The field of science was of little interest to me while I was growing up. And because of my dyslexia I was a poor student in mathematics and science both in high school and college. And then during my late adolescence I became a strictly observant traditional […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Arthur Green, Part 2

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this four-part series, I turn to Rabbi Arthur Green, the founder of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. This […]

A Time of Hope?

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson  Throughout the history of Jewish thought human beings have been deemed the very pinnacle of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis declares that the first human was fashioned in the very image of God. The Talmudic rabbis believed that people were co-partners—collaborators with God in the work of […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Rabbi Arthur Green, Part 1

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this four-part series, I turn to Rabbi Arthur Green, the founder of Hebrew College Rabbinical School. This […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Final Part

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. During my interview […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part 6

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson                   In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. By the […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part V

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson                   In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. In 2005 […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part IV

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. From the very […]

The Jewish Roots of Kehilla’s Values: Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Part III

by Rabbi Burt Jacobson                   In these monthly articles I have been offering readers some background history on the Jewish sources of the values and ideals that motivated me to develop the vision that became Kehilla Community Synagogue. In this six-part series, I turn to the legacy of Reb Zalman for our community. Reb Zalman […]