Learn how two Belin Award-winning congregations worked to make those already in their communities feel more included, “seen,” and understood.
Toby Singer is an accomplished theatre composer and playwright He has a long history of involvement in the Reform Jewish world, focused primarily on music and youth work. A Michigan native, he grew up at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, MI, and holds a music degree from the University of Michigan. Toby and his wife, Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, live in Brooklyn with their dog Neko.
In an increasingly mobile society, families often are separated by many miles. Far from family support, we seek community elsewhere, including in our Jewish institutions.
Shabbat holds an esteemed place in our synagogues as a testing ground for experimentation. Centering new programs around Shabbat, therefore, offers distinct advantages.
The art of spoken word and monologue performance, drawing on the traditions of hip-hop, performative poetry, and theater, has always had the power to convey important messages to audiences.
If we commit to honest introspection and community assessment, by next Yom Kippur we can be closer to our ultimate goal of a more whole, just, and compassionate world.