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Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:00

This is Barbara Paris, our Atidat Ami Rabbinic Intern’s second year at the JCCH.She has been involved in a range of activities and programs both with our adults and youth. Barbara is very enthusiastic about bringing her own form of Torah to everyone. Attending a pluralistic seminary, Barbara combines deep text study with making our religious teachings and traditions relevant in today’s world. Barbara hopes that everyone at the JCCH will find something in what she is doing that speaks to them and helps them to have their own relationship to Judaism and to God.

Some Highlights:

Barbara is currently teaching an interactive class entitled Non-Jews in the Bible which examines those non-Jews in our sacred text who were influential in shaping us as a people and teaching us how to be in relationship with “the other”. The class meets weekly on Thursdays at 10:00am and all are welcome.

Once a month, Barbara teaches Living Torah, a look at the week’s parsha through a modern lens. She combines a deep text study with chanting, meditation and other spiritual modalities. Next Sessions: February 10th and March 10th at 7:30pm.

Barbara recently formed a Rosh Chodesh group, a group where women come together to celebrate the New Moon, study, sing, and be in the company of other women. It is held in congregants’ homes. Each month has a different focus depending on the calendar. In January there was an inspiring Tu B’Shvat seder honoring the month of Shevat and the birthday of the trees. Save the date: February 3rd at 7:30pm

Barbara spent a year teaching Wendy Alper and Jodi Cafritz Hebrew and helping them prepare for their recent adult b’not mitzvah.  She is hoping to begin shortly with a new cohort Thursday mornings from 11am to 12. So anyone want to take the plunge email Barbara at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Barbara will be offering a once a month Torah, Yoga and Meditation program on Shabbat morning. Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10am.  Start Shabbat with a stretch. January 25 and February 15th.

Barbara teaches our 9th and 10th graders about leadership, lessons we learn from our matriarchs and patriarchs and how to use these lessons in our own lives.  She has also been teaching at her local Hebrew high school for over 25 years and absolutely loves working with teens. Paraphrasing Pirke Avot, Barbara feels she learns as much or more from her students than she teaches them. It is truly a labor of love. She works with the B'nai Mitzvah students on writing their d’var Torah and helps them to better understand how the parsha speaks to them personally.

Barbara is finishing up her Rabbinic studies at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Yonkers and hopes to be ordained in 2015.

She lives with her husband Harvey in Fairfield, Connecticut. In her spare time when not at JCCH, Barbara is the Vice President of Jewish Family Service in Fairfield, is the Jewish chaplain at St Vincents Hospital in Bridgeport, Ct and is the student Rabbi on Friday nights at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Barbara says “I love my work at the JCCH and it has been an honor to learn and grow together with so many amazing people.  Thank you all for giving me this opportunity! I feel that there are no coincidences in life and I feel blessed that God has given me the chance to bring my Torah to each of you”.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:05