Hazzan Asa Fradkin

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 …

Israel is in the Headlines

May 14, 2021

Israel is in the Headlines. You’ve seen the video, read the devastating reports and felt the grievance that the Jews under rocket fire seem to matter infinitely less to our …