As a congregational rabbi, my most fulfilling work is with people – leading bar and bat mitzvahs, baby naming ceremonies, end of life rituals, and traveling around the world to perform spiritually centered destination weddings. I am the spiritual leader of Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Ashland, Oregon. It is a privilege to serve G-d and the Jewish people in this way!
Over the past few years some of my most important work has been in organizing interfaith gatherings with representatives of all religions and spiritual paths. My new book Jesus: First-Century Rabbi is based on solid, academic scholarship, and is an attempt to bridge the gap between Judaism and Christianity. The transliterated siddur (prayerbook) that I compiled Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha has been adopted as the siddur in synagogues and havurot all over America. In addition, on this website you’ll find books of poetry that I’ve written for both adults and children.
I hope you find my website educational and and enjoyable. It certainly reflects my earlier career working with teachers and children in public schools that began more than forty years ago, and my current work as a congregational rabbi, writer, and guest lecturer. You are invited to check out my books, essays, and poetry. Over the years I have had the honor of recording some wonderful Jewish songs and children’s poetry that are available for downloading here. In partnership with composer/pianist Patti Moran McCoy I wrote and produced original children’s poetry set to the fabulous blues and jazz she composed and arranged. We recorded them the early 1980’s, and they are now available to you for the first time in over thirty years.
Debra has published a powerful, deeply personal, gorgeously written memoir about her 103 year old grandmother who came to live with us in her last five months of her life. The book is called Bringing Bubbe Home and is now available at Amazon, through the publisher White Cloud Press, or from you local independent bookseller. Adult children of aging parents, hospice workers, nurses, caretakers, and chaplains won’t want to miss this important new book. Click here to see the book trailer that Debra just put on You Tube.
• Click here to see my recent interview on Fox with Lauren Green about the book “Jesus: First-Century Rabbi”
• Awarded “Best Book of the Year” by the Church & Synagogue Library Association
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