Neshama Interfaith Center Marian Monahan, a founder of the Neshama Interfaith Center, speaks in the voice of a prophet. She preached these words on Mother's Day at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, and has graciously allowed me to share them here: Those of you who know me are aware that I'm quite involved in the interfaith...

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American Guild of Judaic Art The American Guild of Judaic Art is a not-for-profit membership organization for those with interests in the Judaic arts. Guild Members include artists, galleries, collectors & retailers of Judaica, writers, educators, appraisers, museum curators, conservators, lecturers, and others personally or professionally involved...

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Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit Thanks to the encouragement of Tiferet's editors and community of writers, I've taken risks with my writing—submitting poetry to their site and entering their annual writing contest. Tiferet Talk, featuring interviews with authors, has also been a wellspring of inspiration. Here are links to my most recent posts at Tiferet: Gratitude...

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Encountering Angels: Reading Genesis with my Children In this book, my children and I blend traditional Jewish learning and personal experience in our commentary on Genesis, making it unlike any other book written about the biblical text and rabbinic literature related to Genesis.  Like most books of biblical commentary written by rabbis, it examines the text through the...

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Pamela Jay Gottfried is an ordained rabbi, teacher, mother, and self-described wordie. An inveterate Scrabble player and New York Times Crossword Puzzle fanatic, she credits her love of words to her third grade teacher and her parents, who encouraged her to develop her vocabulary through reading and using the dictionary...

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Hoshana Rabbah Rituals

I’m over at on the Rabbis Without Borders blog of this week, writing about some personal rituals of remembrance and ancient rituals of Hoshana Rabbah. Please share your thoughts on commemorating the death of a pet; comments on the blog are enabled on Facebook, so it’s easy to invite your friends to join the conversation, as well.

rwb_logo196Remembering Jenna: We won’t light a yahrzeit candle or recite a prayer, despite that our personal practice tends toward traditional observance of rituals. Perhaps because we are more traditional it seems inappropriate to memorialize a family pet in the same way one would a human. Still, I wish to honor her memory…Read more



Who Knew?

sojourn tweetYesterday, I received this email that I was mentioned in a tweet. Robbie Medwed, Assistant Director at SOJOURN had invited me to write for their blog, challenging me to put my personal feelings into words. Who knew it would take me more than 750 words?!

In his tweet, Robbie gives me more credit than I feel I deserve. When it comes to work that improves the world, he does the heavy lifting and I mostly offer verbal support. I strive to be faithful to the mission of tikkun olam, repairing the world. I am ever grateful for the ability to engage with people whose work benefits so many.

Tomorrow, as Yom Kippur begins, I will contemplate the ways in which I fell short of my goals and atone for missed opportunities and broken promises. I will commit to be better next year.

Then, next week, during the festival of Sukkot—the season of our joy— I’ll celebrate with SOJOURN at the 44th annual Atlanta Pride Parade.

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Proud Parent, Proud Rabbi, Proud Person: There’s a good reason why I’m not marching with my daughter in Atlanta’s Pride Parade this year: I’ll be with my SOJOURN friends and she’ll be with her high school’s GSA. Neither of us will be purposely avoiding the other. It’s just that we each feel more comfortable…Read more



Where am I this week?

rwb_logo196I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning this week. Please join me there to share your thoughts on prayer, spirituality, Doctor Who—whatever moves you—and to read words of wisdom posted by my RWB colleagues. Thanks!

Taking the TARDIS to God: For those not immersed in the British television phenomenon that is Doctor Who, TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is the Doctor’s mode of transportation. Because I am not a Whovian, I asked my daughter about it and…Read more →

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Here are some of my latest mixed-media pieces:

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Title: Tefilah TARDIS, inscribed with verse from poetry of Yehudah HaLevi

(Lucite box, chalkboard paint, paint, paper, glue, found objects)

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Title: Peace Prayer TARDIS, inscribed with phrase from morning liturgy

(Lucite box, chalkboard paint, paint, paper, oil pastels, glue, polymer clay, found object)