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How to make Shavuos All-Night Learning Come to Life

April 27, 2015, by

Rabbi Einhorn’s SynaBlog is a new innovative blog that shares tips, tactics, strategies and best practices that enable Shul growth and promote Shul vitality. For many communities, Shavuos night serves as a great opportunity to offer some serious Torah and draw a nice size crowd. We have heard of Shuls that do a midnight BBQ and an end of […]

How to Run Shabbat 2014 in Your Community!

September 9, 2014, by

As the Jewish community looks forward to the weekend of October 24-25, a weekend when Jews from all backgrounds will sit together around the Shabbat table many wonder how to go about doing it. Here is a concise guide for community leaders on how to go about this project.

Avoiding Danger During the Three Weeks

June 22, 2014, by

The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and the anniversary of the destruction of the Mikdash, are a period of mourning. But this time is also considered a period of special danger: “Caution is needed from the 17th of Tammuz […]

Innovative Ideas for Tisha B’Av Programming

June 19, 2014, by

Live Lectures from the OU There will be live webcasts of speeches from the OU’s Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Steven Weil.  Connect your shul’s television or visual projector to http://www.ou.org/holidays/tishabav to watch these lectures after the recitation of Kinot.  In addition, the OU’s website also contains inspiring audio lectures on related Tisha […]

Shavuot Tips

May 15, 2014, by

We are now under a week away from the great holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is arguably the most significant day on the calendar.  As the great Rav Yosef of the Talmud advanced: “Were it not for that day, when the Torah was given, I would have been like many other Josephs wandering in the marketplace!” […]

Haggadah Tips

April 11, 2014, by

As we sing and eat our way through the night there are plenty of customs and rituals to give definition and meaning to the evening(s). I would like to focus on one of many poignant moments during the sedarim. Yachatz -meaning dividing- is when the Seder leader breaks the middle Matzoh into two. The smaller piece is maintained with […]

OU Issues Purim Safety Alert

January 16, 2014, by

Let’s be safe on Purim! Bodily harm through intoxication is not a mitzvah no Purim, and driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, leads to impaired judgement, and could even result in a catastrophe. It is time for parents and teens to be proactive and make certain that safety is the overriding concern throughout […]