Shalom Rabbi Epstein!
 

Meet Rabbi Ephraim Epstein, the Jewish Federation's Community Scholar in Residence. This new role in the Jewish Federation family serves to increase Jewish content for the Federation and our family of agencies, in line with our mission to enhance Jewish life. 

Rabbi Epstein is the former senior rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, where he spent the last 21 years of his career. During the past two decades, Rabbi Epstein has established relationships with the organized Jewish community, the local police force, hospital leadership, and even the Governor's office, serving on the New Jersey Holocaust Commission for many years. 


 

Shabbat Table Talk

By Rabbi Ephraim Epstein

  • How often have you heard the phrase, “We had a falling out, we are no longer in touch?” I’m not referring to losing touch or growing apart. Rather, I am writing about family members or friend...

  • Upon departing the house of Laban, our father Jacob will encounter his hateful brother Esau.

    One might think that after twenty years Esau would accept that he did not receive the blessings from Is...

  • In Parshat Vayetzei we read of Jacob’s arrival from his home in Beer Sheva to Charan where his Uncle Laban lives. It is there that he will marry Rachel and Leah; and they will give birth to the t...
  • PARENTING 101

    We need a license to drive, teach, become a doctor, and so much more. We understand that pursuits such as these require training and that without the proper education, it would make ...

  • It’s not always easy to do the right thing. So, we work on ourselves, become determined and then go for it. We then feel good about our decision and then…. sometimes despite our best intentions...

  • From Monday evening, September 27, at sunset until Wednesday night, September 29, when the stars come out, we celebrate the final holiday of this glorious Holiday Season entitled Shemini Atzeret ...

Words of Wisdom

A weekly video series from Rabbi Ephraim Epstein

12/3/21: Shabbat Chanukah: Why Eight Miraculous Days?

Learn about traditions, values, and rituals from our Community Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Epstein can also serve as a resource for everyday issues, offering perspective with a Jewish lens. He will answer all questions submitted by community members, and questions will remain anonymous unless permission is provided to share with the larger community. Highlight this as a resource that he provides to the entire community as our Community Scholar in Residence.

 

Have a question on your mind about Jewish culture or everyday life from a Jewish perspective? Submit it to our Community Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Ephraim Epstein: AsktheScholar@jfedsnj.org

 

Check back soon for some Q&As!

  • Q: My brother and his wife are moving into a new home. Aside from hanging a mezuzah, are there any other rituals for a Jewish "house-warming"?

    A: Mazel Tov on the new home! Indeed, affixing a Me...

  • Q: Are there any Jewish rituals for the winter solstice?

    A: Since the Jewish calendar and festivals are primarily based on the Lunar Calendar, and the solstice is related to the sun, there is no ...

  • Q: What types of spices (Havdalah) should be used for Havdalah?

    A: Smelling sweet spices after Shabbat concludes serves to strengthen our souls that feel diminished after Shabbat goes away.

    The g...