Rabbi Timoner was one of the rabbis featured in Jewish Telegraphic Agency‘s survey of “What North American rabbis spoke about in their High Holiday sermons.” Read it here.
Shofar Across Brooklyn with Cantor Breitzer was featured on NY-12. Watch the segment here.
In a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article published this week, Rabbi Timoner was quoted about the parallels between Tisha B’Av and Israel’s recent judicial reform. Read it here.
After writing a letter to Mayor Adams about the makeup of his new Jewish Advisory Council, Rabbi Timoner and Rabbi Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah have continued to receive press. Read The New York Jewish Week‘s coverage here.
Rabbi Timoner was featured in a New York Times article about the makeup of Mayor Adams’ new Jewish Advisory Council. Read it here.
New York State Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie has honored Rabbi Timoner as a 2023 Women of Distinction. Learn more here.
Rabbi Timoner was interviewed on Kan-11 in a story about Jewish American responses to the political situation in Israel. Footage from CBE’s Saturday morning services was also included. Watch it here.
With Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, Rabbi Timoner discussed her sister Ondi Timoner’s documentary Last Flight Home and the topic of how Jewish law has traditionally dealt with the issue of physician-assisted death. Listen to the 55-minute episode here.
“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.
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 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.”
“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 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.
“By going to this play, you are engaging with Judaism,” [Rabbi] Green said. “It’s not just about inspiring people to be involved with Judaism, but actually, it is a Jewish act to see this play.”
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.
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.
A rabbi, a minister, and an imam walked into Lincoln Center—and the rabbi was our very own Matt Green! Rabbi Green was the rabbi for Lincoln Center’s Celebrate Love: A (Re)Wedding, a symbolic marriage ceremony for couples whose weddings had been postponed due to the pandemic.
“As Jews, we ought to be contributing our voices to the reduction of gun violence.”
In this article in NY Jewish Week, Rabbi Timoner expresses concern about how gun ownership has gained support in one Orthodox Jewish community in response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s new gun control package.