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More by Emily Walsh

Dwelling in Style: Building my First Sukkah

For the first time in my life, I helped build a Sukkah!  It was a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon in September, right after Yom Kippur.  We pulled the poles and materials out of my friend’s garage, and laid everything out … Continue reading »


Dreams and Visions for Jewish Education

As we began our respective journeys as Jewish educators, we each had visions of developing Jewish education defined not by the four walls of a classroom, but rather by the people, values, beliefs, and practices in our tradition. We envisioned … Continue reading »


Our Simhat Torah Honorees

Each year, the blessings of Simhat Torah Kallah (bride) and Hatan (groom) are bestowed upon two extraordinary members of the BJ community. The Kallat Torah (or Hatan Torah, if a man is receiving the honor) has the honor of reading … Continue reading »


Bim Bim Bim Bim Bim Bam

Bim bam, bim bim bim bam, bim bim bim bim bim bam. The words are simple, the music is catchy, and the connection is long-lasting. Each Friday morning, babies and toddlers gather on the floor of Frankel Hall. As they … Continue reading »


The Path to the Bimah

It is that moment: standing at the bimah, Rabbi at your side, parents beaming with pride, surrounded by friends and family who have come to hear you chant the Hebrew words you have repeated endlessly for the past six months … Continue reading »


BJ and PJ (Library) to Partner

We are delighted to announce that the Youth and Family Education Department is launching the PJ Library in our community! The PJ Library is the award-winning Jewish children’s books and music program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that sends free … Continue reading »


Ushpizin: Who Will You Welcome Into Your Sukkah?

Having just completed the personal reflection period of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiday of Sukkot is a time when we step out of our individual homes and into communal dwellings. The custom of welcoming guests into the sukkah … Continue reading »