Lifelong Commitment to Tikkun Olam Inspires a Bat Mitzvah Journey

Judy Leavitt grew up in a time when Reform Judaism was going through a major transformation and women in Reform Judaism were not yet able to be a Bat Mitzvah. Her story reflects a larger story of our movement as well as the changing role of women in the movement.

Growing up in New Jersey, in a family of Jews whose lives were focused on social justice, Judy became committed to Tikkun Olam, helping to ‘repair the world’.

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Post Yom Kippur

Dr. Michael Miller, indicated people should combine regular exercise with 15 minutes of laughter a day for good cardiovascular health. “It is conceivable that laughing may be as important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Miller.

A Laugh A Day May Keep Heart Disease At BAA
Copyright @ Health Talk
March 9, 2005

Jewish humor examines the role of religion in contemporary life, often gently mocking the religious hypocrite.

So, grab your phone and start or add to the necessary 15 daily minutes.  Time yourself. Rule is, you must read Humor Corner out loud with vigor and meaning. You cannot be a silent “laugher.” Make noise, please.

A Reform Rabbi was so compulsive a golfer that once, on Yom Kippur, she left the house early and went out for a quick nine holes by herself. An angel who happened to be looking on immediately notified his superiors that a grievous sin was being committed. On the sixth hole, God caused a mighty wind to take the ball directly from the tee to the cup – a miraculous shot.

The angel was horrified. “A hole in one,” he exclaimed, You call this punishment, Lord?

Answered God with a sly smile, “So, who can she tell?”

According to, this short Rabbi story should have taken you .07 minutes reading out loud.  Now search out 14.3 minutes more humor. Laugh and stay healthy.

Family Israel Discovery Trip

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Congregation Beth HaTephila
Family Israel Discovery

Led by Rabbi Batsheva Meiri
June 20-July 2, 2018


  • Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Spiritual Shabbat experiences in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
  • Participate in a unique, hands-on archaeological sifting project
  • Exciting Jeep ride and water hike in the Golan Heights
  • Camel Ride and Bedouin experience in the Judean Desert
  • Hands-on volunteering opportunities
  • Explore the mystical city of Tzfat, meet with artists and make candles
  • Plant a Tree in Eretz Yisrael
  • Parallel programming for adults and kids throughout the trip

Registration is open!

For more information:
Contact Rabbi Batsheva Meiri using the form below
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Rabbi Response to Charlottesville

It is vital when acts of violence pierce the collective peace and well-being that are the promise of American society, that we never stand by and be silent. Of late, hate groups have become emboldened and their xenophobia disguised as the pursuit of equality.

What was uniquely frightening about the gathering in Charlottesville was that it united factions of haters together. Their ideology cannot be allowed to be legitimized or their actions condoned, tacitly or otherwise. We can and should expect our lawmakers to be leaders on this issue and it is up to us to hold them accountable for speaking out against hatred on our behalf.

Consider asking your representatives to condemn the bigotry and hate that reared its head in Charlottesville and threatens the core values of our tradition and our country’s tradition-that all are created equal under God and we should love our neighbor and the stranger as ourselves.

I believe that what we saw over the weekend isn’t the sentiment of the majority. Moving forward it will take every single person’s vigilance to keep fear from becoming the currency we, as Americans, choose in the future.

To make your concerns known to your Congressional representatives, you may use the link below from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

L’Shalom, in peace,

Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri

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