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Shalom & Welcome to the
JEWISH OUTREACH MEDIA CAMPAIGN
A SPECIAL WELCOME TO
Non-religious, anti-religious Jews
"Don't Believe in Organized Religion"
Jews who had terrible experiences in
Hebrew School, Sunday School, Synagogue
Highly educated Jews who
know basically zilch about Judaism
Jews who've tried Buddhism & Hare Krishna
Jews who are adamantly indifferent
to Judaism,but might like to know a bit more
And even Jews who are actually
truly interested and enthusiastic - (yaaay!)
You are part of a brilliant,
fascinating, intellectually stimulating,
deeply meaningful, emotionally powerful,
spritually uplifting, ancient and wonderfully poetic religion - really!
AND - there are many rational, sensible,
to engage with your Judaism -
as well as poetic and spiritual reasons.
The fact is, Judaism is wonderfully
complex so you can engage with it
on many different levels.
This website was created by people who discovered for themselves -
quite by surprise in some instances -
how wonderful Judaism is,
how deep and rich and meaningful it is,
how important its value system is and
especially how wonderful
the Jewish traditions are.
And once we saw that for ourselves -
experienced it - we decided it was important to spread the word to other educated, sophisticated (yes, hip & cool) Jews who might not know what we have learned - who might not have experienced how deep and meaningful their religion truly is - who might not have any idea how lovely traditional Jewish practices are - and how enjoyable and accessible - these practices are.
TRADITIONAL JEWISH PRACTICES ARE FOR ALL JEWS!
THEY DON'T BELONG TO ANY ONE BRANCH OF JUDAISM.
THEY ARE YOURS TO PARTAKE OF AND ENJOY AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER JEW.
Now, if you simply cannot wait
another minute to find out
What's So Great About Being Jewish
- (well, oh-kay!) - click here
If you would like to sponsor a beautiful
KEHILLAH Pro-Judaism ad - (yaaay!) -
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please click here.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND...
From Our Founder - Gillie Rose
My parents were cultivated intellectuals who were not terribly interested in religion or religious practices - though they were proud to be Jews and felt it was a good religion. They did insist that we children attend Jewish Sunday school - which, of course, we hated. (Now I'm glad we had to go - I find I actually did learn a thing or two there.)
So essentially, I was not disposed toward religion - not at all - until I hit some Big Bumps on the Road of Life and turned, by happenstance, toward a more traditional form of Judaism, where I was amazed at the warmth and goodness - and welcome - I found there.
I also discovered other educated, creative and sophisticated Jews who were also turning - in various ways - toward more traditional Jewish practices. And so I saw that sophistication and traditional Jewish practices are not mutually exclusive - not at all. In fact, so far as I could see, it was the creative, sensitive people who were most able to appreciate the poetry in Judaism!
My friend Phillip -
is a wonderfully talented, funny, hip and super-cool composer-song-writer who gives a great weekly class in Torah in his loft on the west side of Manhattan. Phillip actually spent many years as a Hindu before he discovered how absolutely
great his own religion is!
With this website we attempt to tell you about a few of the traditional Jewish practices that we have found to be meaningful - and that might interest you and that surely will enhance and deepen your Judaism. And, if you actually do these practices - well - you never know where it will lead...
As we say in our Main Project:
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"The more you do it, the more you get it."
These practices have helped hold Jews together - generation to generation, through the centuries. And for good reason - because they work - they're truly "time-tested" - because they're meaningful and pleasureable.
[ And, by the way, Reform Judaism has also been turning increasingly toward traditional practices and study, thanks to the inspired leadership of Rabbi Eric Yoffee, the head of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). ]
If you tend toward skepticism about religion, or you were brought up in a non-religious home - or perhaps even an anti-religious home - or a "mixed" home - or you're intermarried yourself - or you're basically cool towards being even slightly "religious" - but still, you wonder, what is so great about being Jewish? - then this is the site for you.
If you're interested in learning more about Judaism and Jewish practices, if you believe it's important to maintain Jewish ideas and ideals, if you would like to deepen your own experience of Judaism, if you want your children to value being Jewish, if you would like your grandchildren to be Jewish - or, if you're simply curious as to what really is so great about being Jewish - we say read our segment,
18 Reasons Why It's Great To Be Jewish.
And then check out 18 Ways to Deepen Your Judaism to learn about some traditional practices that you might like to implement into your life - perhaps your family life - where you can enjoy them and help to pass them on down through your family.
And if you've got children, we urge you to take a look at: The One Jewish Ritual For Your Family Life.
Now you are invited to open the door
and walk through...
Click on your choice:
18 Reasons Why It's Great to be Jewish
18 Ways to Deepen Your Judaism
The One Jewish Ritual for Your Family Life
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KEHILLAH - ("keh-hee'-lah" - means congregation or community) - promotes basic, classic, traditional Jewish practices that are beautiful and meaningful and are supported by all branches and which we believe most Jews will appreciate and come to cherish, once they experience them.
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We are not associated with any
one branch of Judaism.
We are truly non-denominational..
Our concerns are simply:
Promoting a positive view of Judaism;
Educating Jews about basic, non-controversial, Jewish concepts and practices; and
Encouraging Jews to learn about and incorporate simple, classic, traditional practices into their lives.
Whether you're Orthodox, Reform or unaffiliated - we hope you will support our work - because what we are doing is good for ALL Jews - IMPORTANT for all Jews - Reform, Orthodox and unaffiliated!
Check out Our Mission - Our Plan.
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on to other Jews you know
The more people who see it, the better for Jewish knowledge and Judasim and KEHILLAH, too.
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