Author Archives: Rabbi Schindler

Rabbi Judy at Moral Monday

Jul 30

Rabbi Judy Schindler speaks at Moral Monday. Rabbi Jonathan Freirich sounds Shofar. Thank you to Mary Ann Freedman of Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill for producing this video!

My Words at the Moral Monday Protest in Raleigh

Jul 02

It is well past midnight and I just returned with two cars full of congregants from a Moral Monday Protest in Raleigh. In light of our longstanding Beth El commitment to poverty, education, and affordable housing, I shared my concerns with the thousands who were there on the Halifax Mall in front of the North […]

Soul Prints – Rabbi Judy Returns from Interfaith Journey to Israel

Mar 12

It is great to be home after a most inspiring journey to Israel with our decades long partner in dialogue Myers Park Baptist Church. I missed my husband and kids. Here is the poem I wrote this morning called “Soul Prints (Interfaith Journey 2013)” Toward the altar of old, Jews travelled from the farthest places […]

Prayers for Peace in Israel

Nov 16

As I write this blog, Israel is under fire. Not only are rockets threatening the peace and lives of millions of Israelis, but the media outlets of Israel’s enemies are casting her in an incredibly hateful and harsh light. My heart is heavy thinking of my Israeli colleagues, friends, and family living in fear. My […]

Eichah – How the City Sits Alone!

Jul 27

It is with sadness that I write this last Shabbat blog from Jerusalem. My mood is similar to so many in this city. On Saturday night, as I fly to America with Max and Alec, the traditional Jewish world will be in mourning. They will fasting in remembrance of the manifold tragedies that happened to […]

Wrestling with the Israel I know and Love

Jul 20

Real relationships are not always easy. They require negotiation, compromise, understanding and space for each partner to grow. As the Biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel, today I wrestled with the Israel I know and love. In 1990, when I was a first year Rabbinical student in Jerusalem, I was hesitant to tell anyone what […]

Israel – My Passion for This Place

Jul 13

As I prepare to greet my third Shabbat in Israel, I now have a chance to reflect on what I love about this country. I love Shabbat. I love that the market across the street from our apartment is open 24/6. I love that as we shop at Machaneh Yehudah (the Jerusalem outdoor market) to […]

Religion and Politics: Rabbi Judy, Where Is the Line?

Apr 02

I love our congregation. I love it for our supportive congregants who daily make a difference, lift up the lives of those in need, and even lift me up when I am feeling burdened by the pain and loss of our members.  I love our congregants for the challenges they pose to me and for the […]