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Miriam’s Cup: Interfaith Families in Toronto – A Brandeis Study

Brandeis University’s Center for Modern Jewish Studies has released a study of Interfaith families in Greater Toronto. The project was initiated by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto with the desire to understand the needs and experiences of interfaith families. I

Miriam’s Cup: Artists are the New Rabbis

As I listened to Amanda Gorman perform her powerful poem at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, I remembered and re-remembered this statement – “artists are the new rabbis.” These were the words of Kendell Pinkney, a theatre artist and rabbinical student who

Miriam’s Cup: Learning From Trees – What Will Get Us Through the Winter

I was walking with a dear friend in High Park right after a beautiful snowfall. Tree branches held ribbons of snow along their leafless lengths. The cedars and spruces wore the snow more thickly among their needles. The ground was

Miriam’s Cup: What 15 B’nei Mitzvah Students are Teaching Me About Chanukah

This past weekend, I spent more time in our sanctuary at Bethminster than I have in the past 9 months!   I felt a special kind of quiet and reverence walking into the space. The colourful fabric banners were already

A Little Less Alone, A Lot More Together: A Report from our Community Conversations

This past week, we held two community conversations about Judaism in the time of Covid on Zoom.  I love community conversations! (Yes, I am that kind of nerd.)  As a rabbi, I spend a lot of time leading and shaping

Yom Kippur Sermon 5781 – Building Anew

I was going to give this sermon on Rosh Hashana day, when our theme was Dismantling and Building Anew, but between all the challenges with technology and timing, I didn’t share it then.  I want to share it tonight.  The

Erev Rosh Hashana 5781 – Dismantling (and Building Anew)

A cluster of 4 rabbis made their winding way to Jerusalem. When they reached Mount Scopus, they looked out across the valley and could see what was once the magnificent and holy Temple, the centre of Jewish life, now destroyed,

A note from Rabbi Miriam before our upcoming Yom Kippur services

Getting Connected, Being Human and Keeping Your Cameras On If you are able to (and there are certainly legitimate reasons why someare not able to), please keep your video cameras on during the services.This is for two reasons: 1) At

Miriam’s Cup: The Days of Awe Will be Awful Unless…

My dear DJCers.  I’m going to be frank here. Leading services for Yamim Nora’im/the Days of Awe on Zoom, singing alone in my office, listening to Cantor Lisa sing alone in hers, and speaking to the little camera dot on my

Miriam’s Cup: Anti-racism and Teshuva

I am part of a group of rabbis and Jewish leaders from across North America thinking together about Racial Justice.  As a group of white Ashkenazi leaders, it is a context for each of us to engage in the personal