Judaism Disrupted

On December 17, 2023, Rabbi Les Bronstein had a conversation with Rabbi Michael Strassfeld about his new book, Judaism Disrupted. Congregants had a chance to talk with Strassfeld before and after the conversation between the rabbis. The program was available in person and via zoom. Michael Strassfeld was one of the editors of the Jewish Catalog (1973) a guide to do-it-yourself Judaism that sold over 300,000 copies. He edited the Second and Third Jewish Catalogs (1975,1979), authored The Jewish Holidays (1985), co-authored A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah (1999) with his wife Rabbi Joy Levitt, and authored A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice (2002). He edits a free weekly newsletter about Judaism (subscribe at michaelstrassfeld.com). He graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College at the age of 41 and served as the rabbi of Congregation Ansche Chesed and then of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (both in Manhattan) until his retirement in 2015. He was a faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (1999-2014). Photographs are by Felicia Lebewohl Rosen.