We speak with Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, Rabbi of the SAJ: Judaism That Stands For All. Our conversation explores the importance of placing joy and connection at the center of vibrant Jewish community, even (or especially) one deeply committed to social justice and activism. We also discuss the lessons learned from building a start-up congregation, and how they translate into her work at a 98-year-old flagship Reconstructionist synagogue.
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- Kol Tzedek
- SAJ – Judaism That Stands For All
- Hashivenu Episode 15: Singing Together
- History of SAJ
- SAJ on Facebook
- After a Hiatus, Jewish Life Returns to West Philly – The Forward — This 2006 article from the Forward chronicles the beginnings of Kol Tzedek.
- A Reconstructionist Shul Grows in West Philly - Jewish Exponent — This 2018 article from the Jewish Exponent explores the vibrant growth of Kol Tzedek in the years since its founding.