It has been a whirlwind of a year for Joshua Franklin, who was officially installed as the new rabbi of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Sept. 2, less than three weeks before today’s beginning of the High Holidays.
Rabbi Josh offers ways to spice up your Passover seder through the creative use of technology
Joshua Franklin joined the Jewish Center of the Hamptons as its new Rabbi this summer. He will be “officially installed” over Labor Day weekend after hosting many nights of “Shabbat on the Beach,” which attracted hundreds of families. Rabbi Franklin received his ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York. In his new role, Mr. Franklin says he seeks to foster Judaism and a Jewish community that brings meaning and purpose to the East End and beyond.
“For Jews in their twenties and thirties, synagogues and other organized affiliations aren’t always on the agenda,” said Rabbi Josh Franklin, who leads the Eser group and was one of the guitar players that night. “Eser creates community through the lens of deep Jewish experience and learning. It gives people Jewish learning in a way that’s informal, intimate and accessible.”
Rabbi Josh discusses ways that technology has impacted the Jewish world, and new innovative ways to enrich Jewish worship and Jewish life.
Rabbi Josh's brewing and session on Beer and the Bible was featured in the Jewish Museum of Munich's exhibition catalogue "Beer is the Wine of the Land."
Translation: Reform congregations in the US offer variety of interesting programs. At Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA, Rabbi Josh Franklin teaches a class "Beer and the Bible," in which the community members not only learn about beer in the Bible, but also brew beers together such as "Jew-Bock-A" the "BETHeweizen."
Jesse and Jen chat with Rabbi Josh Franklin of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley about Hanukkah. Questions include: What role does Hanukkah play in the history of the Jewish people? What role does it play for modern Jews? How/why does it compete with Christmas?
צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף Justice Justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20)
These words of Torah have been the battle cry for those who seek social justice and human rights. They have also been a core text through which Crane Lake Camp has examined our weekly value of צֶדֶק, Tzedek, justice. The rabbis point out that the word צֶדֶק (tzedek) is repeated in order to teach us that there are two forms of justice that we ought pursue, both being valuable. Jewish justice, they teach, can be pursued both legally, and through acts of compassion. In both cases, we seek to restore balance to the scales of an unfairly weighted world. Our Crane Lake community has been exploring how we can pursue justice at camp. While pursuing legal justice might fall beyond the scope of our camp’s expertise, campers have been discovering that they can enact justice through acts of compassion... Click here to read more