Rabbi Ari’s ELI Talk

Rabbi Ari Moffic is usually giving people a multitude of options to try out Judaism. Here, though, she challenges us with a dynamic new way to understand Jewish community, obligation, and belonging. Watch her ELI talk! For more insight about the concept of a spiritual eruv, check out our guest blog post by Arielle Friedtanzer.

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Our Spiritual Eruv

An eruv is a wire that is strung on utility poles that designates a geographic zone where often observant Jews live. There are eruvs around Chicagoland and around the world. They help observant Jews on Shabbat. A traditional Shabbat practice would prohibit carrying items outside your home. However, if you live under an eruv, it […]

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A Guest Blog Post by Arielle Friedtanzer

As an Urban Studies major at Columbia University, I was required to write an undergraduate thesis before completing my degree. My concentration within the major was sociology as I loved to learn about the various cultures and communities that resided in a particular city, how the city was physically structured to enable, enforce, or eliminate […]

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Community IS Everything

There are certain words that are hard to define. We use them, but when pressed to say what we really mean, we’re not sure and speak in broad generalities. I can easily explain who my family is, sense them, describe them and feel them. I can talk about my closest friends- those people I don’t […]

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Community, Shpamunity!

Rabbis care a lot about community because Judaism can only be fully realized and practiced with other people. If people don’t come together, it’s hard to do Jewish things. Check this out: We pray in the plural (we atone on Yom Kippur for the sins WE have committed) We pray in a group called a […]

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CoHere, The Journey

Thank you for being along with me on a journey to launch CoHere, a new model for Jewish community affiliation. People have asked me why I care so much that the majority of American Jews are “unaffiliated”. The very question tugs at my heart and has for many years. I have never liked the word”affiliation”. […]

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Sounding Board: Mari & Jenny

Mari is a special education teacher who grew up in an interfaith family in Evanston, Illinois. She still lives in her hometown with her wonderful wife Jenny. Mari was drawn to learning more about Judaism through developing her wedding ceremony with Rabbi Ari, and she hasn’t stopped learning yet. Mari is interested in CoHere helping […]

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Sounding Board: Matt & Carly

Matt and Carly met each other while living in Asia in 2011 and got married in 2013. Carly grew up catholic and is from Canada, while Matt is from Buffalo Grove and grew up Jewish. In July of 2016 they gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and are committed to raising her in a […]

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Sounding Board: Greg & Maria

Greg and Maria have been together since 2013 and got married in 2015 in Maria’s beautiful homeland of Nicaragua. Greg is Jewish and Maria is Catholic and are proud of each of their personal heritage and traditions. They respect and love each other very much and are having fun exploring what their interfaith relationship means […]

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