From the Rabbi - June & July 2017 Print

Summer is here again and many will be traveling away from home and taking time away from work.  One of the wonders of the modern age is that no matter where we are we have access to all the knowledge of the world at our fingertips through the internet.  So as we look forward to the summer here are some great Jewish websites to keep in touch with the Jewish world on our travels. 

Our congregation is a merger of Reform and Conservative congregations and is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) so we can start with websites that connect to those movements.  The Union for Reform Judaism can be found at URJ.org and reformjudaism.org and the Conservative movement is at USCJ.org.  Both sites give lots of information for what is happening in the movements and provide weekly Torah commentary.   For those interested in a good website from an Orthodox background you can’t do better than the website of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain whose extensive and thoughtful commentary on all things Jewish can be found at Rabbisacks.org. 

For general Jewish information and learning you can go to MyjewishLearning.com or Jewishvirtuallibrary.org.  Both provide excellent general resources and unlike Wikipedia they are both well sourced so you can see where the information came from.  Just enter in your query on any subject from Abraham to Zachariah and anything in between and you will surely find an answer to your question. 

For anyone wanting to know what is going on in the Jewish calendar Hebcal.com is the place to go.  The site allows you to check the Hebrew date, the Torah and Haftarah portion, festivals and many other aspects of the Jewish calendar that you might want to know about for any particular date.    And for Jewish texts there is no better pace on the web than sefaria.org where you can find Jewish texts of all sorts from Torah to kabbalah, to Jewish philosophy in Hebrew and English.

If you are in need of a Jewish ritual on the fly you can go to Ritualwell.org where you will find prayers and ritual for pretty much any occasion you can imagine.   For those looking to add a little Jewishness to their kids’ summer, Kveller.com is a great website for Jewish parenting. 

And no matter where you  are in the world you can follow along with Jewish news and views on sevral good news websites.  For general news there is JTA.org and Forward.com and for Israel news there is TimesofIsrael.com, Haaretz.com and Jerusalem Post (Jpost.com). 

Finally, as we enjoy our summer we can always continue to keep connected to our family of families here at CBI by checking our website Bethisraelcc.com and keep up with what is going on in our community on our congregational Facebook page.

Shalom Y’all and have a great summer! 
Rabbi Ilan Emanuel