This is such a strange, in-between time. This Thanksgiving and Chanukah, I imagine that in our community we are all over the map regarding how we are celebrating and how we are feeling about it all. Some may be gathering or traveling to be with large groups of friends and…

My chevruta (study partner) Rachel had a congregant named Pinky Stern, z”l (may his memory be a blessing.) Pinky survived the Holocaust and came to the United States as a young person, having lost almost his entire family. He had the most amazing attitude towards life. Even in the darkness…

I realized we were the sort of people whom the world regards as useless. We do nothing essential, we don’t produce important ideas, no vital objects or foodstuffs, we don’t cultivate the land, we don’t fuel the economy. We haven’t done any reproducing. . .. We have no power, we…

Remembering Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh | October 27, 2018

In response to the news of the shootings this spring at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Rafael Shimunov, a fellow Queens Jew and activist wrote:

When you kill someone praying, you are killing them at the moment they…

(Yom Kippur 2019/5780)

One afternoon about 11 years ago, my then three-year-old daughter and I were at the beach. We were thoroughly enjoying holding hands and standing in the surf, letting our feet sink under the sand with every wave and then wiggling our toes free.

Her pail and shovel…

(Rosh Hashanah 2019/5780)

This summer when President Trump attacked four congresswomen, saying that they should “go back where they came from”, The New York Times invited folks to share their stories of being told to “go back.” Maybe you saw these stories — they were heartbreaking.[1]

Justin Vasquez from Irvine…

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

Rabbi Goldenberg is the founder of Malkhut, a progressive Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens (malkhutqueens.org). She resides in Jackson Heights.

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