Rabbi Rachel Timoner — Shabbat Tol’dot 5784

Six weeks after the war, Rabbi Timoner challenges us to see the complexity and to break away from the binary of the current moment.

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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin — Shabbat Vayeira 5784

Four weeks after the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, Rabbi Kolin reflects on where things stand and finds wisdom in Abraham’s response to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Rabbinic Intern Evan Traylor — Shabbat Vayeira 5784

In his senior sermon, Rabbinic Intern Evan Traylor talks about God testing Abraham to speak out on behalf of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and invites us to pass a similar test. 

Long-time CBE Members Featured on “This is Love” Podcast

Yasher koach to beloved CBE members Jules and Julianne Hirsh, who were featured in the newest episode of the podcast “This is Love”. Jules and Julianne have been members since 1967, and Jules is a two-term past president and CBE’s longest running baal tekiah (shofar sounder) for the High Holy Days. The episode features Julianne’s second bat mitzvah this past June, as well as wisdom from Rabbi Rachel Timoner on the importance of celebrating milestones during the second half of our lives. Listen here.

Rabbi Rachel Timoner — Sukkot I 5784

On Sukkot, Rabbi Timoner discusses the harms of striving for perfection.

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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin — Yom Kippur 5784

In an upcoming year that’s going to test us, how can we navigate our fear?

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner — Kol Nidre 5784

How can we respond to AI and emerging technology? Rabbi Timoner advocates for returning to the body. 

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner — Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5784

On Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Rabbi Timoner examines the state of the Jewish people.

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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin – Shabbat Korach 5783

On Pride Shabbat, Rabbi Kolin discusses what the story of Korach and Pride might have in common. 

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CBE Co-Establishes First Reform Chevra Kadisha in NYC

“Together, we are learning and embracing this most sacred mitzvah of caring for the dead,” said Rabbi Rachel Timoner of Congregation Beth Elohim. “At the same time, we have been developing our own rituals to be mindful and respectful of the multiplicity of gender identities.”

For the past several months, CBE has been in the process of establishing the first Reform chevra kadisha (burial society) in NYC with co-partners Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Many of our members have become volunteers. Read The Forward‘s coverage here.

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin Co-Chairing National Conference of the Multi-Faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration

This week, Rabbi Kolin is co-chairing and presenting at the Multi-faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration “Let My People Go” Conference. The conference is held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, and other speakers include Dr. Raphael Warnock. Rabbi Kolin’s plenary topic will be on the campaign to close Rikers.


Rabbi Rachel Timoner Named Among City and State NY’s Faith Power 100

“Rabbi Rachel Timoner became increasingly worried that New York City Mayor Eric Adams was only hearing from conservative Orthodox Jewish leaders. So the progressive Park Slope rabbi invited 55 women clergy for a meeting with the mayor.”
Yasher koach to Rabbi Rabbi Timoner for being named among City and State NY‘s Faith Power 100! The list celebrates the most influential faith leaders in NYC, and we are extremely proud to see her many accomplishments recognized. Click here to read the full article.

Rabbi Green Featured in The New York Times

“We are all trying to figure out how to be Jews in the 21st century,” said Rabbi Matt Green, who led the blessings. “And this is it.”

Rabbi Green was featured in a New York Times article, “Shabbat is a Salve, and a Scene” about the ways in which young people are embracing Shabbat during a time of increased antisemitism. Read it here.

Rabbi Timoner and CBE Members Quoted in The New York Times

Rabbi Rachel Timoner had always cherished Israel as a haven where Jews could aspire to their highest ideals. But after Benjamin Netanyahu won a sixth term as prime minister with the help of two far-right parties this month, she was shaken.

Rabbi Timoner and several CBE members were quoted in The New York Times‘ article, “Netanyahu’s Comeback Widens Divide Over Israel Among American Jews.” Read it here.

Rabbi Green and CBE’s Old Jewish Men Event Featured in The New York Times

The events at Congregation Beth Elohim grew out of a chance encounter with the synagogue’s assistant rabbi, Matt Green, 32. He first met Mr. Rinksy in an O.J.M.-branded baseball cap.

“I asked him where he got it, and it turned out he was the genius behind the Instagram account,” Rabbi Green said. ‘I introduced myself as a rabbi, and we got to talking.

Rabbi Matt Green was quoted in The New York Times‘ coverage of the Old Jewish Men Fall Ball, which took place at CBE. Click here to read the full article.

CBE Members Featured in Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Our member Margery Cooper recently spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about climate change, a top policy concern for American Jews. Click here to read her thoughts on the importance of climate advocacy and her work with CBE’s Dayenu Circle. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, another CBE member, is also mentioned. He recently led the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, a $370 billion climate bill.

CBE Featured in NPR’s Weekend Edition

NPR’s Weekend Edition featured our recent Havdalah service, where we gathered on the steps of CBE in the wake of the Roe decision. Rabbi Timoner and Rabbi Kolin were both quoted in the piece. To paraphrase Rabbi Kolin, we will continue to demand sweetness from this world even when it feels the most bitter.


Rabbi Timoner Published in The NY Daily News

“The current campaign that advocates for the teaching of the rudiments of secular education in ultra-Orthodox schools in New York State […] arose in response to the alarming numbers — in the tens of thousands, according to Yaffed — of Jewish children in New York State being denied the building blocks of secular knowledge. Without this education, there is a high likelihood of poverty.”

Read Rabbi Rachel Timoner’s powerful op-ed about why all N.Y. children deserve a basic secular education in The NY Daily News.



Rabbi Timoner Organizes Group of Women Rabbis and Cantors to Speak with Mayor Adams

On Thursday, May 24th, Rabbi Rachel Timoner organized a group of 55 women and women-identifying rabbis and cantors to speak to Mayor Eric Adams. Representing all denominations, the group marks the largest and first ever group of women rabbis and cantors to speak to a NYC mayor.

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Read coverage of this event in The Forward, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Israel.