This week we are going to look at the vast diversity of Jews in the Jewish world. If you walk down a street in Haifa or Tel Aviv in Israel you will see many different faces. Historically there are Ashkenazi Jews, Sephardic Jews, Mizrachi Jews, each of whom have their own nusach (liturgical tradition) and geographical origins.
Some Jews are “secular Jews”: their expression and experience of Judaism is not religious in any conventional way, but they are still very Jewish. You may have wondered about the differences among Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform Jews, or wondered what “Reconstructionist” and “Renewal” mean. We’ll talk about all of that and more on Wednesday night in the Temple Sinai library!
– Rabbi Adar