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What Is Shabbat?

boysEvery Friday, it is a tradition for Jewish families to get together for a Shabbat dinner. Traditional Jews go to Shabbat services at a nearby temple on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Shabbat is a holiday where Jewish people rest on Shabbat just as G-d rested on the seventh day.

Shabbat, which begins half hour before sunset on Friday until half hour after sunset on Saturday, for 25 hours, it is the only holiday that is mentioned in the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment says "You shall remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy". Shabbat is the oldest and the most sacred Jewish holiday of the year. It is usually the most memorable experience people have because observing Shabbat is what encourages families to get together and talk about what happened during the week. Shabbat draws families together... parents and children dine together, pray together, study together, and sing together.


Interpreter’s Corner

inter2Interpreter As Cultural Mediator

This month I would like to talk about the role of Interpreter as Cultural Mediator. This topic has come up several times this summer at various workshops I have attended.

I feel that the basic question deals with how much of the interpreter's role is to explain what is happening during a Jewish Service? How much should the interpreter reflect his/her own "interpretation" of a given prayer versus the rabbi/synagogue's view of a prayer versus the surface level representation of the WORDS?


Young Adults Corner

Well, I'm writing this on my computer during the dog days of August, and I'll be perfectly honest with you. I don't know what to write about. I mean, I have done a good job so far of talking about a new topic each issue without repeating anything, but I just seem to have run out of ideas.

The easy way would be just to write some lousy article, but I couldn't do that to my faithful readers! If you have some ideas or questions or thought-provoking topics that you'd like to hear about here, go ahead and send them in! After all, I don't write this just for advancing my personal fame. It's for you!



This Month's Video

Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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