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Eruv Will Be Back Up

by Paul Bass | Feb 15, 2017 1:17 pm | Comments (1)

If you happened to notice a rabbi checking 11 miles worth of telephone poles around town in the wake of last week’s snowstorm, here’s what he was up to:  Making sure that religiously observant New Haven Jews can stroll babies and carry prayer books when Sabbath rolls around.

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A Baptism By Fire

by Paul Bass | Jan 13, 2017 2:05 pm | Comments (1)

WTNH Paul Bass PhotoWhen 15 Jewish community centers across the country were evacuated this week due to phoned-in threats, Greater New Haven’s facility was spared — because it had already been evacuated a month earlier, during a four-alarm fire. The staff there was ready.

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They Found Faith In Interfaith Lives

by Lucy Gellman | Nov 25, 2016 12:35 pm | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo. Sitting in a drafty, castle-like Presbyterian church on Easter Sunday with my partner’s family, I could feel anxiety bubbling up with each hymn I didn’t know. Around us, the white walls of his church stretched out toward the ceiling like long, sinister fingers. The organ struck a round note. A light wind pressed at the side door, rattling its heavy handles.

My God, the God I had grown up with as a Reform Jewish kid —  who wasn’t a being at all, but a set of principles around social justice and tikkun olam  —  was nowhere to be found. And that scared me, because it meant that there wasn’t room for another faith in my life or the life of my potential children.

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