Episode 24: Chronic Congregation (with Rabbi Emily Aronson)

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00:00  A New Light– by Eliana Light

01:14 ElianaLight.com/podcast

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01:50 All About Rabbi Emily Aronson

Ordained at HUC-JIR

Discussions relating to our Amidah Series

Met Eliana through The Glean Network

Founded Chronic Congregation

Incoming Reform Rabbat at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU

Previously worked as the interim Dean of Students at HUC-NYC

Holds a BA in Jewish Thought and a BA in Ethnicity and Race studies from JTS and Columbia University

04:15 What was T’fillah like for you growing up?

Rabbi Aronson grew up in Bethesda, MA at Temple Micah in Washington, D.C.

05:30 What did you think about g?d at a young age?

High Holidays

07:00 The g?d gap, what was that like for you?

08:45 Rabbi Tobi Manowith and It’s a Girl Thing Rosh Chodesh group

10:30 Chronic Congregation

13:36 Started a program with Rabbi Rachel Pass around ritual and invisible illness

14:15 Union Theological Seminary class on disability theology

14:48 How do we welcome, support and raise up those who have both seen and unseen disabilities in our communities? Why is there illness in the world, and how is it healed?

Respect Ability

mi shebeirach, the prayer for healing


16:45 The difference between healing and cure

18:16 What draws people to the mi shebeirach?

21:12 The mi shebeirach and Kaddish

22:02 Ahabah Rabbah– an abundant love. Blessing before the shema in the morning

26:43  B’tselem Elohim, in the image of g?d

27:10 What would your dream sanctuary look like?

28:43 Temple Micah in Washington, D.C.

28:49  BZBI in Philadelphia, PA

29:45 After a year of living on zoom, what can congregations keep in mind and continue to do?

30:25 We are in a period of change and innovation within the prayer space

31:32 Unetaneh tokef– prayer-poem for the High Holidays

33:56 Kabbalat Shabbat– service to welcome in Shabbat

33:59 Yaaloz Sadai psalm 96:12 יַעֲלֹ֣ז שָׂ֭דַי וְכׇל־אֲשֶׁר־בּ֑וֹ אָ֥ז יְ֝רַנְּנ֗וּ כׇּל־עֲצֵי־יָֽעַר׃ 

Ya’aloz Sadai V’kol Asher Bo- Az Yeranenu Kol Atzei Ya’ar

the fields and everything in them exult;then shall all the trees of the forest shout for joy

34:11 יְהֹוָ֣ה מָ֭לָךְ תָּגֵ֣ל הָאָ֑רֶץ יִ֝שְׂמְח֗וּ אִיִּ֥ים רַבִּֽים׃

YHVH/Adonai Malach Tagel Ha’aretz, Yismechu I’yim Rabim

The LORD is king! Let the earth exult,the many islands rejoice!

34:56 Yom Kippur– Day of Atonement

37:24 Chronic Congregation now and in the future

38:12 February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

39:39 Hashkiveinu– second blessing after the shema in the evening  

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