Hazzan Asa Fradkin

The Sound of Love and a Jerusalem Choral Experience

August 9, 2022

I lived in Jerusalem for Cantorial school in 2003 and let’s just say I love it. The sounds of calls to prayer, the sights of people walking to shul with …

Outdoor Concert for Ukraine and Jerusalem

May 10, 2022

If I would have written this title a mere six months ago, many of you may have questioned my pairing of two entities that hold such polarizing places within us …

Everybody Needs a Getaway

March 28, 2022

This was the first Beth El Religious School retreat in two years, so it’s kind of a shame there aren’t too many pictures. (Shabbat) And since we went two years …

Heroes in Ukraine

March 15, 2022

Tomorrow is the beginning of Purim, and it could not come at a more somber time. Millions of people are fleeing the Ukraine and seeking shelter in Poland, Czech Republic, …

Can Hot Chocolate Stain a Patio?

February 7, 2022

I’ve never hosted a hot chocolate party before. It seems like it should be easy. You just take a few kumkum-hotpots full of water, then dump half a container of …

Always be Celebrating

November 12, 2021

The life of a shul is often one of the hiker who plans his traverse of a stream by picking the firmest looking stones. The year is long but filled …

Babble- And a concert invite!

October 8, 2021

Babble-and a concert invite! “The same thing happened to us in advanced English!” Dafna- Age 11 We were waiting for the bus and my daughter was discussing the previous day’s …

Remembering on 9/11

September 10, 2021

I’m not a crier. But I remember the first anniversary was an emotional one. I was living in an apartment just a block from my old dorm, and I had …

Taking a Step Back

August 13, 2021

As many of you know, Sarah and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to Paris. Our 15th anniversary finally prompted us to visit the city of light, as its …

Against Capital Punishment

July 9, 2021

When I was in high school, my history teacher taught us American civics, government, and all about our justice system. One particular class sticks out in my mind. It was …