Thanks to AARC Beit Sefer (religious school) director Marcy Epstein for this article in the March 2023 Washtenaw Jewish News. For a clearer view of the article see the Washtenaw Jewish News online, page 9.
AARC as Ecosystem in Feb. 2023 WJN
AARC Reads Dinners with Ruth and Savours Connections
This article on the AARC book group and AARC members with personal connections to Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared in the January 2023 Washtenaw Jewish News. See page 10 here.
AARC Davening Team: Together in Song
Thanks to Etta Heisler for this article in the January 2023 Washtenaw Jewish News. See page 11 here.
A conversation with Aaron Ahuvia on The Things We Love
You are invited join the AARC Book Group on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 11:30am on Zoom as we discuss the new book by the AARC’s Aaron Ahuvia, The Things we Love: How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are.
Aaron and his wife Aura were founders of the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah, which later became the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation (AARC). It’s always great to feature books by an AARC member at the book group!
Please email Greg Saltzman at email@example.com for the AARC book group Zoom link.
Below is an interview with Aaron Ahuvia from the October 2022 Washtenaw Jewish News.
AARC Welcomes Guest Rabbi to Guide Participatory High Holidays
Thanks to Dave Nelson for this article in the October 2022 Washtenaw Jewish News. See also this blog on the Kavanot (members sharing reflections) from Rosh Hashanah services.
Introducing Debra Rappaport, AARC’s Rabbi for the High Holidays
The Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation (AARC) is delighted to announce that Rabbi Debra Rappaport will lead our High Holiday services for the fall of 2022 (Hebrew Year 5783).
Rabbi Debra shares this warm greeting:
“Greetings from Minneapolis! My name is Debra Rappaport, I use she/her pronouns, and I share a home overflowing with plants with my husband Bobby Zelle and our fierce funny cat Ozi. I have served two wonderful congregations for seven years each since my ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, one in Vail, CO and one in Minneapolis, MN. I’m really excited to be with you this High Holy Days season! Though we don’t really know each other yet, I have been moved by the way the AARC values member engagement at every level.
I’m inspired by the way the people I’ve “met” (by Zoom) are approaching the High Holy Days, with active roles for as many people as possible. And I’m really excited to meet more of you!”
A bit more info on Rabbi Debra: she is co-chair of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association and she served as co-chair of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Bi-Annual Convention in March 2022. Before becoming a rabbi, she had a career in sales, marketing, and change management, earning an MBA from the Wharton School in 1990. AARC Board Co-Chair Debbie Gombert shared that after a just a few conversations, she felt connected and thrilled that we will be sharing High Holidays and partnering with Rabbi Debra this year.
In addition to leading Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for the AARC, Rabbi Debra will also lead several workshops around the high holidays. The first workshop will be for a Kavanot (intentions) team on Sunday, July 31. Rabbi Debra will also lead three adult education/workshops via Zoom on these Thursdays: September 15, 22 and 29th to help us get spiritually ready for the holidays. Mark your calendars!
We are at this time forming a Kavanot (intentions) team for those who would like to contribute liturgy in the form of stories, poems or intentions to the High Holiday services. Here are details from Rabbi Debra:
The first opportunity I will have to meet some of you will be a
Zoom gathering on Sunday, July 31st, 1:30-3:00 pm ET with Deb Kraus as your local host.
This gathering of what will be the Kavanot team is for folks who feel moved to write and share something during our Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services. Everyone is welcome!
You don’t need to know what you want to write at this point; together, we’ll start to explore the themes of the services and the questions that inspire reflection. Please RSVP to Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 29.
Alternatively, if singing, chanting, musical prayer, and making music in general suits you better, please be in touch with Etta Heisler at email@example.com.
The “Davenning team” is beginning to convene this month as well. Likewise, everyone is welcome – it’s about bringing our voices together in prayer, not about performance.
Stay tuned as more information about plans for the High Holidays 5783 will be available in future blog posts and emails. As a community, we have a lot to plan and a lot to look forward to, and we are grateful to have Rabbi Debra Rappaport as our rabbinical leader for this season.
Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner moves on after five years leading the AARC
This article appeared in the July 2022 Washtenaw Jewish News.
Idelle Hammond-Sass wins Shmita Prize for Ritual Object
Thanks to Hannah Davis for this article in the March 2022 Washtenaw Jewish News. Congratulations to Idelle Hammond-Sass on winning the Shmita Prize in the ritual object category.
Belman Award article in December 2021 Washtenaw Jewish News
Thanks to Jacob Schneyer for this article in the December 2021 Washtenaw Jewish News.