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View from the Back

By Susan Esther Barnes

April 24, 2013 | 8:00 am

When you attend a bar or bat mitzvah service, you might sit somewhere in the middle of the sanctuary. Or, maybe you sit closer to the front. Regardless, chances are you’re hoping to get a... read on

  • Women of the Wall: In the Interim

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 17, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Yesterday I listened to a conference call hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) about access to the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). Or, more accurately, I listened to the first half of the call, since a meeting at work conflicted with the second half of it.

    During the... read on

  • Getting it Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

    We’ve all heard stories of people who were turned off from Judaism by negative experiences with a synagogue, a rabbi, etc. “He wouldn’t even meet with us to talk about our marriage because my fiancé hadn’t converted yet,” or “They wouldn’t let me into High Holy Day services because... read on

  • The Women of the Wall and the Dictator

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 5, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The Israeli news agency Ha’aretz has published a good summary here regarding what’s been happening in the last week or so in regard to the Women of the Wall.

    The Women of the Wall is a group of women – Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and other – who have been praying at the... read on

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  • A Passover Conversation

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last Saturday afternoon I went to a local retirement community to teach some of the residents about Passover. I told them the Exodus story, explaining that we retell this story every year for the holiday. I also talked about the seder, going over the ritual items on the seder... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Susan Esther Barnes is a religious Reform Jew who can regularly be seen greeting people at her synagogue before services. She is a founding member of her synagogue’s chevra...

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