Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar – celebrated this year on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 – is the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.” This is the season in which the… Read more
by Beth Frank-Backman Each Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, we prepare for the next. Traditionally, we prepare by a process known as teshuva, or in English repentance. But what exactly are we repenting of? Most of us… Read more
We are doing something unprecedented and need your help. The Israeli Army has asked one of KBY’s associate congregations to expand a newly created Kabbalat Shabbat program for the Israel Defense Forces officer training school. For progressive Judaism in Israel this opportunity is revolutionary. Between 12-15 times a year, IDF officer courses and divisions, involving 3-4,00 soldiers, will be brought to Tel Aviv to experience a progressive Shabbat service, complete with a new progressive prayer book. We want to give this prayer book as a gift to every soldier. Click here to contribute… to the Soldiers Siddur project. Read this post to learn more.
KBY announces its latest CD, Nishmat Shabbat, The Soul of Shabbat The project is a joint effort by KBY, Beit Knesset Moreshet Yisrael and Ahuva Batz. The CD selections are prayers and psalms sung during Shabbat morning services at Moreshet Yisrael, Jerusalem’s flagship Conservative synagogue. Experience the warmth of the music, recall Israel and Jerusalem, and perhaps remember a Shabbat service in Jerusalem. Click here to visit the Nishmat Shabbat (The Soul of Shabbat) album page.
This past year KBY commissioned and completed the writing of a Torah Scroll based upon a gift from a donor. KBY granted the scroll to the the Conservative Congregation in Zichron Ya’akov last Simhat Torah. This of course was as close as we may… Read more
The “Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel”, commits the State of Israel in this fashion: “…it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights…; it will guarantee freedom of religion…”
What is a Congregation? A congregation is a harbor into which an anchor is cast At a moment of inevitable silence Before or after a storm. A congregation is a seashell Where one can hide When the soul sinks down… Read more