STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Rabbi Mark Wildes Last evening I watched Channel 2’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles famous debut in America on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964. For me personally the Beatles represent not only my favorite music but an exciting part of my childhood. From 1970 to 1975 my […]
On Saturday Night, November 23 I had the honor of presenting Professor Alan Dershowitz to over 600 people as the keynote speaker at MJE’s Annual Ruth B. Wildes’ Memorial Event. We were fortunate to capture the evening on film and so if you were unable to attend you can still experience some of the magic […]
The PEW study confirmed what most of us already knew: despite our efforts to the contrary American Jews continue to assimilate and lose their Jewish identity. Intermarriage has risen to 58 percent and outside the orthodox community it’s up to 71 percent. Only 43 percent of American Jews have ever visited Israel and perhaps […]
This past Shabbat, November 23, my beloved mentor and Rebbe, Rabbi JosephGrunblatt, of blessed memory, passed away. The impact this great rabbinicfigure had on my life is almost impossible to put into words but he meanttoo much for me not to try. Rabbi Grunblatt was my Rabbi since the very day I was born. He […]
The recent NY Times article on the newly released PEW findings on Jewish continuity paints a bleak future for American Jewry. The study, among other findings, reported that nearly six in ten Jewish respondents (58%) who have gotten married since 2000, have married a non-Jewish spouse. The study also showed that only 20 percent […]
After just completing MJE’s Annual Trip to Israel I’ve got much to say about this place and its impact on those who visit. Between our two groups there were about forty participants in their 20’s/30’s. We traveled from up north in the Golan and the mystical city of Tzfat (home to Kabbalah) to Jerusalem. […]
With the recent passing of Tu B’av I was inspired to write about the important role Judaism holds in relationships, not only on holidays but every day. Many people today question the certainty of their feelings and their ability to truly trust in others. Is it worth the risks of heartache and potential rejection? […]
Shalom uvrucha!Hello and welcome! My name is Rabbi Mark Wildes. I am the Founder/Director of Manhattan Jewish Experience, a cutting edge program for young Jewish professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, with less of a background in Judaism but who are interested in connecting more to each other, to the community, and to Judaism itself. MJE […]
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