Torah Buzz Blog

TorahBuzz is the space where Temple Beth El’s clergy and leaders reflect on the religiously relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that keep us up at night, fueling our own Jewish journeys.


From Selma to Philadelphia by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

On March 8th, I joined an amazing gathering at Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma, Alabama, prior to the Fiftieth Anniversary of ...


What I Learned Today from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Humility... I was awed that someone so exalted could be so humble. It was no doubt Justice Sotomayor’s upbringing in the Br...


If you wish to be connected, please hang up by Cantor Andrew Bernard

In last week’s e-mail, the feature article was about the National Day of Unplugging that took place last ...

I’ve Got the Music in Me! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Mar 04

I’ve got the music in me. The problem is that I need to figure out how to get the music in you! I have been promoting our upcoming guest musician, Dan Nichols, since September. I can tell you that I had to book his visit two years ago because he is in such high demand. […]

Standing Together to Support Israel by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Mar 02

Sometimes those of us who love Israel feel alone. Our homeland is attacked with words, with accusations, with efforts to delegitimize her. We struggle to have the right words at the right time to defend her. Sometimes those of us who love Israel feel surrounded and supported. That was the experience I had in being […]

For Jews: Fear, Flight or Fight by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Feb 25

Ten days ago, Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old, was shot dead guarding a Copenhagen synagogue while a Bat Mitzvah celebration was inside. I mourn his tragic death and shudder at the thought of the increased and horrific bloodshed that would have ensued had the gunman made it inside. One month earlier, a gunman who pledged allegiance […]


Feb 17

This week’s Parasha, Terumah, provides us lessons on how to fashion a sanctuary for God’s presence.  We read about seemingly insignificant details sharing the precise blend and dimensions of arcacia wood needed for the ark and are provided with a list of materials—wooden planks with silver rings and stakes of copper for example—to enclose the […]

Israel is calling – let’s go! BY RABBI JONATHAN FREIRICH

Feb 12

Register for the TBE Family Trip to Israel by March 6, 2015! Trip dates: June 21 – July 2, 2015 Link to trip details and registration information: Click here With all of the news about Israel we often lose sight of the best aspects of our relationship with Israel as Jews – the senses of […]

For the Sin of Technology by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Feb 04

  Inspired by a Joined In Education presentation by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair at Providence Day School Technology — an addiction. Technology — taking it to bathrooms, to bed, to behind the wheel   (it can wait). Technology — not only a problem for our kids, it is a problem for us. Technology — I’m just […]

Our Jewish Values in Israel – Vote Now!

Jan 28

In a world where we feel that we need Israel more than ever, as a homeland, a source of pride and inspiration for all Jews everywhere, and in the worst situations (God forbid), a refuge for us all, our voices have never been more important in helping to determine the Jewish values of our shared […]