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GroundWaves weaves together beautiful music, deep Torah and transformative wisdom that unfolds over a brief dialogue with someone either within or beyond the Jewish community who has important insights to share. This weekly online gathering opens up a gate of spiritual fellowship and personal reflection prompted by this unique moment of the pandemic, with a purpose and spirit that will carry us far beyond it. Neither a prayer service nor a class, GroundWaves touches the heart and opens the mind, leaving us yearning for the next week’s unlocking and opening of our souls...


Listen to all past GroundWaves recordings as a podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other platforms! 


May 5              Rabbi Eric Solomon Walking the wilderness of the pandemic.

May 12            Yakir Englander  The Journey from the ultra-orthodox world to Hassidic                                                            understandings of the pandemic                                        

May 19            Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie From ritual counting of the Omer to making                                                                                 every day count

May 26            Rabbi Sharon Brous Contemplating Silence and Stillness: the world as it                                                                   was and the world as it could be

June 2            Rav Haim Ovadia Halakha and the Covid crisis

June 9            Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg Black Lives Matter, Jews and bridges of                                                                                       change

June 16           Khary Lazarre-White Building a Just World for the Next Generation

June 23           Lily Hughes-Robinson A Trans Coming Out Story  

June 30           Ezra Oliff-Lieberman The Kids Who are Saving the Planet

July 6              Rabbi Jenny Solomon Mikvah and the Power of Embodied Spirituality 

July 13            Yoav Peck/Sulha Bringing Israeli Jews and Arabs Face to Face

July 20            Lecia Brooks, SPLC Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racial Justice Work

July 27            Aziz Abu Sarah ( Travel as Peacemaking

August 3         Dr. Ken Prager The Ethics of Covid-19

August 10       Ron Gold Living and Loving Beyond Trauma

August 17       Rabbi Menachem Creditor/Neshama Carlebach Music as a Source of                                                                                                                        Spiritual Resistance

August 24       Leslie Rockitter Images of Covid-19 in NYC

August 31      Juan Sanchez Material Art as Social Protest 

Sept 7             NO PROGRAM

Sept 14           Ruth Messinger A New Year’s Social Justice Resolution

Sept 21           Rabbi Daniel Siegel Jewish Renewal: A Mandate and a Movement

Sept 28           YOM KIPPUR

October 5       Idit Klein Covid-19 and LGBTQ Jewish Youth

October 12     Dan Nadel Dan Nadel’s Musical Journey

October 19     Nadav Greenberg (Miznon) The Global Appetite for Israeli Food

October 26     Rabbi Jennie Rosenn A New Jewish Movement for the Environment

November 2    Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer The 2020 US Presidential Election and the Jewish                                                                     Community

November 9    Phil Weiser What Now: The Future of American Democracy

November 16  Dr. Robert Pollack Science and Religion, Genes and Jews: The Full                                                                          Picture 

November 23  Julie Garreau Jewish-Indiginous Solidarity on the Eve of Thanksgiving

November 30  Anita Diamont Writing The Red Tent and Making Jewish Ritual                                                                         Accessible

December 7    Miriam Hartman Music as a Cultural Unifier and a Catalyst for Social                                                                  Change

December 14  Nessa Rappoport Grief, Memory and Identity

December 21  Jodi Bromberg Multifaith/Multiheritage families and the Growing                                                                      Diversity of the Jewish Community

December 28  NO PROGRAM

January 4        Dr. Jennifer Ashton Taming the Pandemic and the Ethics of Rolling Out                                                                    Covid-19 Vaccines

January 11      Selaedin Maksut Executive Director of CAIR-New Jersey (the Council on                                                             American-Islamic Relations New Jersey chapter),                                                                     America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy                                                                   group

January 18      Rabbi Sandra Lawson Racial Diversity and the Jewish Community

January 25      David Marks and Kathy Peck Marks Reflections for International                                                                                                             Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 1       Marques Hollie Celebrating Jewish racial diversity in honor of Black                                                                  history month

February 8       Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz The Future of Conservative Judaism

February 15     Allie Cannington Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February 22    Jonathan Hausmann Greening the Markets

March 1st       Susan Roy, Esq. Immigration Reform and Caring for the Stranger

March 8          Vanessa Wruble Co-Founder of the Women’s March and Executive                                                                     Director of

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