Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Rabbi Michael Boino

Shabbat Services

co-led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach and Rabbi Michael Boino
6:00 pm Friday nights (Zoom only)
10 am Saturday mornings (Hybrid weather permitting; also livestreamed on our Youtube channel).
Email us for in-person address or log-in link.

Listen to Rabbi Uhrbach’s High Holy Day teachings 2022/5783

Rosh Hashanah

First Day Part 1 - "Melting Away" - On Spiritual Pain and Society (Introduction)

First Day Part 2 - "Melting Away" - On Spiritual Pain and Society (Main)

Second Day Part 1 "Come Let Us Reason Together" - on Spiritual Pain Caused by Religion (Poem and Introduction)

Second Day 2 Part 2 - "Come Let Us Reason Together" - On Spiritual Pain Caused by Religion (Main)

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Morning - "Revelation" - on Reclaiming Our Humanity

Click here for Rabbi Uhrbach’s Shabbat and prior High Holy Day teachings.

And watch Rabbi Uhrbach’s teachings for JTS:

“I Shall Not Fear”:  Liturgy, Emotional Honesty, and Resilience
Can praying other people’s words help build and sustain resilience? Using particular familiar examples from our daily and Shabbat prayer, we’ll explore the unique ways in which a regular prayer practice grounded in traditional liturgy can help strengthen us and give us honest hope in challenging and distressing times.

God of the Faithful, God of the Faithless: Belief and Doubt in Prayer
Do we need “faith” in order to pray? Can synagogue services be worthwhile and meaningful even if we’re not sure what we believe? We are hardly the first generation to struggle with contradictions among our intellectual beliefs, traditional Jewish liturgy, and the act of prayer. What do biblical and rabbinic texts about prayer, and the prayerbook itself, teach us about these conflicts, and how can they help us connect to prayer even in times of doubt or faithlessness?

First Failures: Falling Apart and Starting Over in the Book of Genesis
(Part of Times of Crisis and Possibility, an online series with JTS faculty and fellows.)
The first book of the Torah is filled with stories of crisis, brokenness, disappointments, and failure, both human and Divine. What religious meaning can we derive from the Torah’s focus on failure rather than success? Through a close look at some of its key narratives, we will mine the Book of Genesis for strategies for living through difficult times, and as the grounding of a hopeful and resilient theology.