Jewish Life

“Demand Peace and Pursue It” (Psalm 34)

| SAT, OCT 27, 2018

A Response to Pittsburgh from Executive Director, Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein: *Update: Please join me and other members of the 14th Street Y staff tomorrow morning, Monday, October 29 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM. We’ll…

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A Yom Kippur Meditation

| TUE, SEP 18, 2018

Kabbalah teaches that the prayers of the downtrodden open a window in the heavens to allow our prayers to ascend because of the depth of prayer of the broken-hearted. On…

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How the High Holidays Can Lift You Up

| WED, SEP 12, 2018

Let’s take the term “High Holidays” and analyze it together. What association comes to mind with the word ”high”? To me it symbolizes “uplifting” or “ascending.” In Hebrew, the High…

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In Search of Home and Existence

| THU, SEP 06, 2018

I’ll start by gladly announcing: I finally found my apartment! It is only 500 steps away from the 14Y. I counted! Soon I will be able to call this place…

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What I’m Not Packing

| MON, AUG 20, 2018

21:00 PM, Freezing Thursday evening, in my Jerusalemite home. My friends are about to arrive for my farewell party, and when they do one letter after the other flood me.…

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A Beginning of a New Journey

| FRI, AUG 10, 2018

Yoni Rechter & Ali Mohar – Cheerful Prophetic Cosmic Song | יוני רכטר ועלי מוהר – שיר נבואי קוסמי עליז What Am I Leaving Behind? Jerusalem, The french hill neighborhood.…

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Bridging Two Different Worlds

| TUE, AUG 07, 2018

This month, we welcome a new member into our vibrant downtown community. I am excited to introduce our new envoy from Israel—Ophir Tal. Ophir, a Shaliach, will begin his two…

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PRIDE In Where I Am and What I Do

| THU, JUN 28, 2018

I first came to the 14th Street Y in 2011 to see a play in the Fringe Festival that a friend of mine was involved with. I walked through a…

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Finding a Safe Zone in a Friend

| WED, JUN 27, 2018

I always knew I was gay. There was never a question that my life would look different when I grew up. I would look at families in my community and…

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INTO THE NIGHT: An Interview with Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder

| THU, MAY 03, 2018

We are getting closer to INTO THE NIGHT, the 14th Street Y’s contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot, taking place on May 19th. To explore one of the evening’s themes,…

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