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Mazel Tov to Elena!

Sharon Musher and Daniel Eisenstadt invite you to share our joy as our daughter Elena Musher Eisenstadt (Lieba Froma) is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat Trumah, February 13, 2016. Elena is a 7th grader at the Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy who loves theater and singing. Her sisters, Ariella and Rachel, look forward to… Read More

Posted: February 3, 2016 by

Tu B’Shevat in the Laurie Wagman Playschool & Abigail R. Cohen Preschool

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the birthday of trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Our Playschool and Preschool celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a… Read More

Posted: February 1, 2016 by

Welcoming Hazak to BZBI

Hazak is an organization under the umbrella of United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism aimed at members 55 years and greater. (Clearly an arbitrary line in the sand.)  It is a complimentary congregational program for members and because it is, each community must develop projects that suit the needs of their individual congregation. Hazak is an… Read More

Posted: January 28, 2016 by

New Ritual at BZBI

Late this past December, I had the pleasure of teaching Shabbat zemirot[1] as a guest faculty member of Mechon Hadar’s 2015 Singing Communities Intensive. It was a treat to teach songs to a group so passionate about singing- song leaders, ritual leaders, clergy and people who simply love Jewish music. In my session I shared with the… Read More

Posted: January 27, 2016 by

Learning About Cultures Other Than Our Own

In December’s session of Teaching Torah to Teens (TTT), we welcomed two special guests from The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia to co-lead our discussion. After a kiddush of sufiganiyot and a taste of Neziner’s hospitality, we headed to our usual classroom to begin. Husnaa, one of our guests, is a Muslim student in the tenth… Read More

Posted: January 20, 2016 by