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Lawrence Kushner

Lawrence Kushner is a Reform rabbi and currently the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California. Born in Detroit, ... More »Lawrence Kushner is a Reform rabbi and currently the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California. Born in Detroit, Kushner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Cincinnati, after which he went on to receive his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Kushner then went on to serve the Congregation Beth-El in Sudbury, Massachusetts for 28 years. Kushner is currently the Emanu-El Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. In addition, he is also an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught spirituality and mysticism, as well as mentored rabbinic students as a visiting professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, New York. Kushner and his wife have 3 adult children. His daughter, Noa, is a rabbi at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California. Rabbi Kushner has authored and co-authored numerous... [ Wikipedia ]

David Mamet to tackle the seven deadly sins for Fox

In fact, he once co-authored a commentary on the Torah entitled “Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy” (2004), with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. And although the series focuses on Christian concepts of sin (the seven deadly sins ...

Paula Amar Schwartz, A life in applied consciousness

“One of my favorite rabbis, the mystic Lawrence Kushner, says coincidence is God’s way of staying invisible. If a coincidence can happen, and they do, God’s way of staying invisible is to let the coincidence happen, instead of appearing and saying ‘hello! I’m going to make this take ...

Nathaniel Perkins Creates Winning Version of Poster to Celebrate Jewish Quotes, Art

The children created their own version of posters inspired by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner’s quote: “If you see something that is broken, fix it.” The 50 runners up will have their artwork incorporated into an online mural on the Voices & Visions website. For this new project, the foundation ...

Judy Bolton-Fasman: In the Gray Zone

I found a lovely children's book, called " Because Nothing Looks Like God " by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Karen Kushner, that breathes life into some of my grown-up jadedness. God is in the details like a birthday cake, the Band-Aid that fixes a cut. Ultimately, "God looks like nothing. ...

How to Grow Our Synagogues

That is probably no surprise to those who have read some of my titles, including Sparks Beneath the Surface (with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner) and Jewish Spiritual Guidance (with Dr. Carol Ochs), among others. It is certainly not a surprise to those who sit next to me at minyan (literally a ...

After nasty election, a reminder arguments can be healthy, too

To paraphrase the words of Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, in an argument over principles and values, even when you lose, you win. In an argument over power, even when you win, you lose. Arguing for the sake of heaven doesn't mean caving in, it means arguing well and nobly. It means really ...

Jewish Ledger Serving Connecticut's Jewish Communities » Conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

September 18, 2013 8:17 pm You are here: Home Feature Stories Conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner — Finding the sacred in the everyday Posted by JudieJacobson on September 18, 2013 in Feature Stories, Latest | 0 Comment Rabbi Lawrence Kushner moves through the world noticing ...

Street Light: The Urban Impressionism of Lawrence Kushner j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern Ca

by dan pine, j. staff As a teen, Lawrence Kushner was something of an art prodigy, winning numerous awards and seemingly destined for a career as a painter. Instead, he answered the call to the rabbinate. Kushner laid down his paintbrush — and kept it down for 50 years. Two years ...

Best bets in Marin County, Sept. 5 through 12, 2013

After all, rabbi Lawrence Kushner has written 18 books and has been a longtime commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered. " But the scholar-in-residence at San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El is also an artist. In fact, he gave up art to become a rabbi. His artworks ...

Art j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

Lawrence Kushner, the renowned author and rabbi, returns after a 50-year hiatus to art, the passion of his youth, with an exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the Kabbalah: “Street-Light: The Urban Impressionism of Lawrence Kushner.” He will be on hand at the opening reception to ...

Knowledge Communities: Jigsaw by Lawrence Kushner

Which is worthless to you, To another, whether you know it or not, Whether they know it or not, Reprinted with permission of author and publisher: Lawrence Kushner 1977, pp 69-70. Honey from the Rock. Thank you to Linda Greenseid the facilitator of the PEJE Leadership Community Of ...

Jewish Playwright David Mamet Takes on Obama, Defends Israel

... Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank ; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner ; and The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and anti-Semitism...

The Religion You Don’t Believe In, I Don’t Believe In Either

But, most importantly, in college I got to learn from Zalman Schachter Shalomi and I got to pray with Lawrence Kushner. Through them and others, I received a religious education. What if we had offered all these young Jews a truly religious education instead? Of course, this may all be ...

Celebrating the 25th Boston Jewish Film Festival

The tongue-in-cheek mockumentary Your Good Friend, also a world premiere Nov. 10 at the Coolidge, stars Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, formerly of Con­gregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley. Finally, The Dewey Stone Connection: From Exodus to Independence, the Closing Night film Nov. 17 ...

The Solution nabs Pulitzer winner David Mamet’s “Blackbird”

Mamet's books include: The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish ...

Faces j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

She was inspired to produce the 6-foot piece by Lawrence Kushner’s “The Book of Letters, A Mystical Alef-Bait” … Comedian Lisa Geduldig’s film “Esther and Me,” about Jewish Home resident and octogenarian comic Esther Weintraub, will screen at the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival on April ...

Film Hoists 'Hava Nagila' Up Onto A Chair, In Celebration Of Song And Dance

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, one of the many Jewish luminaries in Hava Nagila (The Movie) told Grossman something that didn't end up in the film: "He told me that if he could speak to a boy or a girl who just had their bar or bat mitzvah, and had been lifted up in the chair to 'Hava Nagila,' ...

Fink: God is not so easily explained

Or, as Rabbi Lawrence Kushner puts it: "Torah is not true because it happened. Torah is true because it happens - to us. " The philosopher Paul Ricoeur suggests that there are three stages in a progressive approach to faith and holy texts. First we believe on a literal level. Then, as we ...

Inaugural ‘Jewish 101’ series gets under way j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

The series includes guest scholars such as Jeremy Ben Ami, the president of J Street; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco; Daniel Sokatch, the CEO of the New Israel Fund; Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, the vice president of American ...

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