Alana Alpert donated 2019-01-30 22:06:54 -0500
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Alana Alpert published My neighbor is flipping furiously through the pages. Can I help them find their place? in FAQ 2015-08-28 11:00:54 -0400
My neighbor is flipping furiously through the pages. Can I help them find their place?A:
Absolutely - a good rule of thumb when it comes to giving direction to a fellow seeker is to ask if you are helping them get where they want to be or where you think they should be. If it’s the former, help away! We will also have a "scoreboard" visible at the front of the room with page numbers on it, as well.
Alana Alpert published I notice that the person next to me isn’t wearing a tallis and/or kippah and it's really bothering me. Can I remind them to wear one? in FAQ 2015-08-28 11:00:27 -0400
I notice that the person next to me isn’t wearing a tallis and/or kippah and it's really bothering me. Can I remind them to wear one?A:
Nah. Focus on how you can best get your heart right and let your neighbor worry about how they can best get their heart right. As Reconstructionists, we uphold the necessity of individual and communal autonomy in determining how to best reconstruct Judaism for our particular time and place.
Do I need to wear a Kippah or a Tallis?A:
We welcome the use of head coverings and prayer shawls as symbols of Jewish worship. However, individual choice is respected. Some folks who don’t wear a tallit for the rest of the service try to put on when they are coming up for an aliyah -- someone in your row might be willing to lend theirs. Above all, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome and holy in whatever garb you choose to don for the occasion. And please, do not impose your standards of ritual dress on others, or make assumptions about people's genders based on their choice of garb!
Alana Alpert published I want to be at services, but I can’t focus for five (plus) hours. Can I bring a book? Or take a break? in FAQ 2015-08-28 10:59:56 -0400
I want to be at services, but I can’t focus for four (plus) hours. Can I bring a book? Or take a break?A:
Great idea! Some Jewish books that might be good for the season are This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation and These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life. But please leave the electronics - phones, kindles, ipads, etc - at home. Feel free to take a walk outside, and please use the space as need to stretch your legs and your body! Schmoozing is great as long as it’s not too close to where services are - please be respectful to not interfere with others' spiritual practice!
How shall I dress?A:
One way to make the day feel special is to wear something a little nicer - but most of all, we want you to be comfortable and in the right headspace for services. There is a wonderful tradition of wearing white on the High Holidays -- especially on Yom Kippur -- so you may wish to try that out.
There are members of our community who have chemical sensitivities -- that means it can be very difficult for them to be in enclosed spaces when people are wearing perfume. Soaps and such are fine, but we thank you for refraining from extra scent. Thank you!
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T'chiyah strives to be a warm, welcoming and inclusive community. Our commitments to racial and economic justice are exemplified by our creation of Detroit Jews for Justice in 2015. In 2018 we enrolled in the Keshet Leadership Project with Keshet and StandWithTrans to implement structural reforms to bolster our community's inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ+ individuals and families.
- Rabbi Alana was named one of the Detroit Jewish News' "36 Under 36" series of "young people making an impact Jewishly. (Detroit Jewish News)
- In Metro Area, Passover a Reflection of Turbulent Times: the Detroit News features Rabbi Alana and Jake Ehrlich singing a revamped, activist "Dayenu" in the wake of the Trump election! (Detroit News)
- How Antisemitism and Ivanka Trump Have Radicalized Young Women: Rabbi Alana featured as an interviewee in Bustle's #blessed series. (Bustle)
- Detroit Jews get the message of Trump’s immigration order: Rabbi Alana is quoted about DJJ's airport protest rapid response: "It’s challenging for me to explain why Jews need to stand with immigrants, Muslims and refugees — what could be more obviously demanded of us?" (Detroit Journalism Cooperative)
- Have Faith, Millennials: Rabbi Alana appeared as a speaker on NPR's On Point in a panel of millennial clergy. (WBUR)
- Privatization Is Not the Solution: A profile of an action undertaken by the People's Water Board Coalition to agitate for an end to water shut-offs, which Rabbi Alana took part in. (In These Times)
- What is possible when your rabbi is with you in synagogue and at the picket line? A profile of Rabbi Alana and Project Micah, the antecedent to Detroit Jews for Justice. (Oakland County Legal News)
- Ferndale Friends Welcomes R' Alana to Nurture Her Detroit Roots (Ferndale Friends)
- R' Alana Part of Rabbinic Delegation to Ferguson Uprising (STL Jewish Light)
- Demonstrating with Fight for $15 Walmart Workers (CBS Detroit)
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