What is OneShul?

OneShul is an online, independent, progressive minyan and virtual Jewish community open to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Our community has online streaming prayer services, Shabbat services, Rosh Chodesh, holiday events, classes and more. Our community fosters friendship, connection and spiritual creativity.

Leadership
Mission & Vision
Frequently Asked Questions


LEADERSHIP

Director: Kohenet Ketzirah Lesser
Ketzirah is the Director of OneShul.org and an ordained Kohenet trained through Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute; was ordained as a Celebrant of Becoming, a spiritual community she co-led in Washington DC for a decade; and has also studied with teachers from a variety of spiritual traditions. She is a Sacred Artist, creating modern amulets, altars, shrines, ritual and ceremony that are inspired by the rich depth of Jewish history and traditions. She regularly leads services here at OneShul.  Her sacred art website is www.devotaj.com, and you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Weekly D’var Torah: Rabbi David Hartley Mark
Rabbi David Hartley Mark is from New York City’s Lower East Side. He attended Yeshiva University, the City University of NY Graduate Center for English Literature, and received semicha at the Academy for Jewish Religion. He currently teaches English at Everglades University in Boca Raton, FL, and has a Shabbat pulpit at Temple Sholom of Pompano Beach. His literary tastes run to Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stephen King, King David, Kohelet, Christopher Marlowe, and the Harlem Renaissance.

Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Andrea D. Lobel
Rabbi Andrea D. Lobel, Ph.D. is Scholar in Residence at OneShul, an Academic Research Associate at Carleton University, and an award-winning writer, as well as an entrepreneur. Her research focuses on the history of science, mathematics, and nature in Judaism, with an added interest in interfaith dialogue. She has taught at McGill and Concordia universities, and is a regular public speaker at synagogues and other houses of worship. Her book ‘Under a Censored Sky: Astronomy and Rabbinic Authority in the Talmud Bavli and Related Literature’ is forthcoming from Brill Publishing in 2017. Visit her online at www.andrealobel.com (scholarship) and www.cafejudaism.com (rabbinic)

Founder & Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Patrick “Aleph” Beaulier
Founder of PunkTorah, OneShul, and Darshan Yeshiva; Rabbi Patrick was ordained by RSI, a progressive rabbinical program in Manhattan, founded by the late Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. Additionally, a Prepare Enrich certified premarital and relationship coach as well as a Psychological First Aid provider, and certification in Spirituality, Health and Healing through Clayton State University.  Most recently have taken the position as the rabbi for Bonay Kodesh, an independent (Reform in practice) Jewish community born south of the James River but serving all of Richmond, VA.

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MISSION & VISION

OneShul seeks to provide positive, progressive Jewish spirituality and community that transcends denominations and geography through the connective power of the Internet.
We are an independent, progressive, egalitarian community that seeks to empower Jews to embrace a lived Judaism that connects to all aspects of their lives and inspires them to Tikkun HaLev (renewal of the heart/mind), Tikkun HaNefesh (renewal of the spirit), and Tikkun Olam (renewal of the world).
Our mission is to help craft a 21st Century living Judaism that embraces:
  1. Ein Sof:  We embrace the Presence of the Holy One in everything and everyone and know the Holy One as male, female, both and neither and found in a myriad of sacred names and ways.
  2. Chashmal: Chashmal is electricity – both earthly and cosmic.  We embrace technologies that break down barriers of time, space, and distance to unite us across borders.
  3. Tzitzit:  Tzitzit are the sacred fringes on our prayer shawls and we embrace and explore Jewish practices that have been marginalized in the past.
  4. Daat:  We embrace knowledge that is both embodied and intellectual.  Our experience of Judaism is as rooted in our body-knowing as our book knowing.
  5. Chaim: We embrace a lived experience of Judaism that goes beyond what we do in Synagogues, and infuses and informs all aspects of our lives.
  6. Tikkun:  We embrace practices that bring Tikkun HaLev (healing of the heart/mind), Tikkun HaNefesh (healing of the spirit/breath) and Tikkun Olam (healing of the world)
OneShul is also dedicated to being a safe space for all people exploring progressive Judaism.  We welcome GLBT Jews, Jews of color, women, men, and non-binary gendered people.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When was OneShul founded?

The seed for OneShul was planted by PunkTorah, the 501(c)(3) Jewish non-profit dedicated to independent Jewish spirituality. We began having afternoon prayer services streaming online, and quickly seeing the need for a consistent, virtual meeting space, our volunteers banded together to start OneShul.

Where is OneShul located? Do you have a building?

OneShul is everywhere! We stream our classes and prayer services from our members’ homes, offices, classrooms, or wherever they need to be. Our community interacts through our prayer service chatroom and on Facebook. Many of our members around the country host other members in each others homes.

Our administrative offices are located in Atlanta, GA.

Why an online community? Aren’t you missing something?

Our community is not missing anything. In fact, we would miss each other if we were forced to be in one city, in one building, without the ability to interact and share our lives with each other. We don’t consider OneShul to be synagogue “instead of” somewhere else. This is our community and we love having you as a part of it.  Join the Newsletter and the Facebook community.

Is OneShul affiliated with a Jewish movement or organization?

OneShul is an independent, post-denominational community. We’re open to Jews (and non-Jews) of all backgrounds and associations. We are egalitarian, inclusive, diverse and excited about the future of the Jewish tradition. Our programming is led by a mixture of non-traditional Jewish spiritual leaders, rabbis and lay volunteers.

OneShul seems a lot like (Renewal, Modern Orthodoxy, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist)…

The great thing about being independent and having a diverse community is that we get to experience the best parts of all the Jewish movements, while remaining true to our own individual beliefs. Most people involved in OneShul do not fit well into the categories that movements have created. That’s why we’re doing something new.

Who is your rabbi?

Our current spiritual director is a Kohenet ordained by the Hebrew Priestess Institute, and many of our prayer leaders are lay-leaders.  We are interested in working together to create the Judaism of the future. While many of us take on leadership positions teaching, providing spiritual support and leading prayer services, we believe in a community respects the ability of all to teach each other. Rabbis frequently teach classes and write for our Parsha Blog, and we are very excited to have alternative Jewish spiritual leadership from volunteers.

How can I become a part of the community?

Welcome! You already are. Join our Facebook Community, or subscribe to the newsletter — and come to services or a class. Better yet, offer to lead a service/class or volunteer. We’re glad you’re here.

What if I’m not very tech-savvy? Can I still participate?

Don’t worry, everything on our site is easy to use (and fun!) Having trouble using any part of the site? Just send us an email. We would be glad to assist you. And don’t worry–we’re not tech savvy either.

Do I have to pay dues to belong to OneShul?

Every community member contributes to make OneShul happen, whether it’s helping on the website, teaching a class…we even have a friend who made jewelry for us to sell as a fundraiser! Spend some time with us. And if you like this community, please volunteer your time or give a financial donation.

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