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Rabbanit Jennifer Kotzker Geretz

Rabbanit Jennifer Kotzker Geretz joined the spiritual leadership team at Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ, in Spring 2020 as a Devorah Scholar. Working with Rabbi Nati Helfgot, lay leaders, and members, Rabbanit Geretz developed and lead educational and other programs during the week, and on Shabbat and holidays. Passionate about Jewish education, she developed vision and

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Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter

Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter  is a Devorah Scholar and the founder and spiritual leader of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel, a modern orthodox community. Through prayer, learning and gathering opportunities, the Shtiebel strives to nourish spiritual growth and community connections across experiences and life stages. Rabbanit Fruchter also holds the position of Halachic Advisor for Women’s Health

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Rabbanit Atara Lindenbaum

Rabbanit Atara Lindenbaum is the Associate Rabbanit at Hebrew Institute of White Plains. Rabbanit Atara received ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, after previously completing the Tanakh Educator’s Program through Matan and Hebrew University, as well as a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter University. She has done work in community planning in Westchester and New York

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Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn is a Board Certified Chaplain at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center where she specializes in Palliative Care, Critical Care, and Emergency Psychiatric Care, and she is the current president-elect of NAJC (Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains). Rabbanit Alissa is also the Devorah Scholar at Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. From 2014

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Shabbaton Shivyoni Shabbat, March 24-25 Princeton Hillel

Jofa is cosponsoring Shabbaton Shivyoni at the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life (aka, Princeton Hillel) next Shabbat, March 24-25. Students from across the country are welcome for a Shabbat focused on building a unique intercollegiate community that is halakhic, inclusive, and dynamic. Highlights include partnership minyan tefillah, and shiurim with scholars in residence, Rabbanit Leah Sarna and Rabbi Ethan Tucker.

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The Prohibition of Working While the Candles Burn

by Bruria SpraragenRonda Angel Arking, Editor Hanukkah today is one of the most well-known and commercially promoted holidays. We do not think of Hanukkah as a new holiday; each family has well-established Hanukkah traditions. Yet, of all the holidays we celebrate, Hanukkah has the least textual basis. The apocryphal writing, The Book of Maccabees, was

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On Permanence and Impermanence: Reflections on the Sukkah

By Erin Leib Smokler [1] The holiday of Sukkot is famously one of joy. The Torah exhorts us “וְשָׂמַחְתָּ֖ בְּחַגֶּ֑ךָ,” “You shall rejoice in your festival” (Deuteronomy 16:14). It then follows with an even more bold demand: “וְהָיִ֖יתָ אַ֥ךְ שָׂמֵֽחַ” — “You shall have nothing but joy” (Deut. 16:15). Our liturgy accordingly refers to the

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