Growing up in an Interfaith Family: TT011



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we say goodbye to our rabbinic intern Jay Stanton as he leads a conversation about growing up in an Interfaith family. We also welcome Gideon, age 9, to the conversation with our regulars Julian and Jasmine.

We discuss:

  • What it means to embrace your Jewish identity
  • Having multiple identities
  • How having a background that cannot be neatly defined is an asset, allowing access to the complexity of the world
  • Breaking out of defined boxes, challenging norms
  • How to own one’s identity

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How Core Beliefs Support Change: TT010



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we say goodbye to Jasmine as she gets ready for college.

We discuss:

  • Whether there is really such a thing as an ending or a beginning
  • How endings prepare us for beginnings
  • Why knowing who you are and what you believe in matters
  • Acknowledging those who are different and really listening
  • How the Torah gives us support and examples for change and transition

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Destigmatizing Mental Illness: TT009



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss mental illness and how it is viewed in society.

We discuss:

  • Stigma surrounding mental illness
  • Lack of adequate mental healthcare
  • The importance of therapy
  • Biblical representations of mental health

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.


What Does Seder Mean Today? TT008



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss how we can relate to the seder and the Passover story.

We discuss:

  • How the seder can be interpreted to provide meaning in today’s world
  • The implication of being chosen
  • Why we need to take care of widows, orphans and strangers
  • The seder as a didactic and dramatic event – shaped by the leader

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What Community Means to Us? TT007



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we discuss our understanding of community with Jasmine, Julian, Helena and Bernie.

We discuss:

  • What a community means to our teens and what it feels like to be part of our community
  • The importance of inclusion; finding common ground across differences
  • The difference between communities we choose vs. communities into which we are placed
  • Circumstances that prompt people to build community
  • How community can help address fear and work to overcome a common struggle
  • How trust and unity build community

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.


Teens Question the Life of a Rabbi-Part 2: TT006



This is the second in this two-part episode of Tehillah Talks, where Jasmine and Julian ask Rabbi Linda about her path to become a rabbi.

We discuss:

  • What it’s like to be Jewish in a dominantly Christian culture
  • When one feels the presence of the Divine
  • What characterizes our Rabbi and Congregation
  • How random acts of kindness can create powerful, intimate connections without words
  • A woman’s perspective within spiritual leadership

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Teens Question the Life of a Rabbi-Part 1: TT005



We turn the tables in this two-part episode of Tehillah Talks, where Jasmine and Julian ask Rabbi Linda about her path to become a rabbi.

We discuss:

  • Rabbi Linda’s journey to the rabbinate
  • Julian asks Rabbi Linda about her relationship to and understanding of the Divine

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.


Reflections on Violence in Our Society: TT004



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, we reflect on being Jewish when violence is an everyday occurrence.

We discuss:

  • Examples of violence around us – in Pittsburgh and Kentucky
  • How recent anti-Semitism seems the same and different from Kristallnacht
  • With a legacy of oppression, why it is important to stand up for others
  • Why it is easier to be part of a solution to oppression when we stand together as part of a Jewish community

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.


Post-Thanksgiving Reflections: TT003



In this episode of Tehillah Talks, in light of Thanksgiving, Jasmine and Julian share their thoughts on gratitude.

We discuss:

  • The importance of empathy and mindfulness
  • How gratitude is part of the Jewish frame of reference
  • How the act of giving and thanking are both intrinsic to gratitude
  • How coming together as family, although not always simple, is a way of rooting oneself, thereby being a source of gratitude

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and  https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.


Bar and Bat Mitzvah – A Unique Opportunity for Growth and Change: TT002



On todays’ episode of Tehillah Talks, Jasmine and Julian share their Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences, a true entryway into Jewish adulthood for both of them.

We discuss:

  • What’s it’s like to be the first on your family to celebrate your Bat Mitzvah
  • Why your Bar Mitzvah does not have to look and feel like every one else’s celebration
  • How a teenager can create his/her own meaningful Jewish experience
  • How a Bar Mitzvah is a window for a parent to see into the future for his/her child

Learn more about our community that is committed to an environment in which all are welcome wherever they or their families find themselves on their Jewish journey, inclusive of any age, race, orientation, gender identity, ability and economic status at www.congregationtehillah.org and  https://www.facebook.com/Congregation-Tehillah-59324635843/.