JSP Marks Transition for East Bay Federation with Ritual

“Rabbi Adina Allen of the Jewish Studio Project — itself an illustration, it was noted, of the East Bay Jewish community’s creativity and invention — called all past and present presidents of the Federation and Foundation onstage, where they were vigorously applauded for a full minute.

Allen had been tasked with creating a Jewish ritual to mark the occasion, and found herself ruminating on the “awkwardness” one can feel during times of change. Comparing the East Bay Federation’s transition to Abraham’s painful uprooting from his father’s home in Ur, she asked everyone to stand and recite tefilat haderech, the traveler’s prayer, in unison. It was a powerful yet tender moment.”

Read more about the meaningful ritual and event to honor the legacy and impact of the East Bay Federation.

Jeff Kasowitz