Our tradition teaches us to search for the truth that can be found on both sides of a disagreement. Yet when it comes to the dignity of other people, there can be no equivocation.
RABBI ELLIOT COSGROVE: FROM PANDEMIC TO PURPOSE - JUNE 19, 2021
Are there any lessons that we should take with us when, please God, the pandemic is but a memory? Rabbi Cosgrove challenges us to appreciate our blessings, to pay attention to the problems that the pandemic has exposed, and to move forward with intention to live meaningful lives.
DIALOGUE - JENNIFER STERN GRANOWITZ AND ERIN BESER: HOW WE TALK ABOUT GENDER – JUN 7, 2021
In honor of Pride Month, the How We Talk About team discusses gender – how we can affirm the presence of a truly diverse and inclusive Jewish community by sharing pronouns, offering alternatives to gendered and binary Jewish rituals (such as bar/bat mitzvah), and thinking about alternati
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Fault Lines - June 5, 2021
Returning from a rabbinic mission to Israel following the recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Rabbi Cosgrove delivers a mixed report of gloomy realities tempered by reasons for hope.
Sermon – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove – Showing Up for Israel – May 22, 2021
What if we threw a rally for Israel and nobody showed up? Rabbi Cosgrove speaks to the battle for the soul of American Jewry and the continued importance of investing in Israel’s future and well-being.
DIALOGUE - JENNIFER STERN GRANOWITZ AND ERIN BESER: HOW WE TALK ABOUT ABILITY– MAY 19, 2021
One in five. That’s the number of people with disabilities in the United States today.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Wipe Your Tears - May 8, 2021
How do we come back from this past year’s tough times? Do we despair or do we respond with optimism that we can transcend our difficulties to craft a positive future? As Jews have done since the prophet Jeremiah, we can show resilience and choose the positive.
DIALOGUE - JENNIFER STERN GRANOWITZ AND ERIN BESER: HOW WE TALK ABOUT RACE – MAY 5, 2021
Why is talking about race within the Jewish community important? Jennifer Stern Granowitz and Erin Beser speak with Benny Witkovsky, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison, for some background on how to talk about race in white Jewish learning spaces.
SERMON - THE GRAMMAR OF JEWISH LIVING - MAY 1, 2021
Does it matter if we are precise in our observance of mitzvot (commandments)? While always a balance between exactitude and right intention, Jewish living calls on us to be attentive to the sacred grammar of doing mitzvot.
SERMON - RABBI ELLIOT COSGROVE: TO LIFE! - APRIL 17, 2021
How do we bring a person who has been isolated because of a dreadful disease back into community? How do we all reintegrate as a community after a year of isolation and disruption?
DIALOGUE - JENNIFER STERN GRANOWITZ AND ERIN BESER: HOW WE TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING – APRIL 14, 2021
In this episode, Jen Stern Granowitz and Erin Beser speak about the Jewish views on death and dying with Rabbi Melanie Levav, founder and director of the Shomer Collective, a new Jewish organization focused on improving end-of-life experiences.
Dialogue - Jennifer Stern Granowitz and Ellen Alt: How We Talk About Art Part II – April 7, 2021
Episode 7 is a part two of “How We Talk About Art.” Jen Stern Granowitz speaks with PAS Artist-in-Residence Ellen Alt about creative ways to integrate art into teaching