A new series of conversations with Rabbi Noa Kushner, The Kitchen, San Francisco, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom, and the visionaries shaping Jewish life for the next generation. Long before the pandemic, Jewish communal life was already in a state of change. Definitions of what held us together, of how we define ourselves were in a state of flux, debatable.
Now, with the pandemic, societal forces have accelerated, and possibilities that were once taboo (zoom Shabbat, anyone?) are on the table. Once again in our history, our understanding of what it means to be in a community, what it means to pray, not to mention how our prayers relate to the world around us and to whom we are supposed to pray, are ripe for reinterpretation.
We found artists, Israelis and Americans who would participate in our search for answers. We're making a collective effort to find out how Jewish life is waking up now, and importantly, how we might help it wake up.