When stars align

For someone who loved to observe the interplay between the celestial and earthly rhythms of life, it seems appropriate that Rabbi Gendler's (z"l) yahrzeit occurred on the evening of a total eclipse of the sun. I hope everyone enjoyed stopping for a few minutes to observe something larger than themselves. May his memory be for [...]

By |2024-04-10T12:33:57-04:00April 9th, 2024|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|1 Comment

Remembering Rabbi Everett Gendler (z”l)

It's hard to believe, but today marks the second secular yahrzeit of Rabbi Everett Gendler (z"l). I assume that many of you, like me, think of or are reminded of him often. Last week, Tamar sent me a photo of her daughter rolling Shabbat candles in Great Barrington. They had what she called "an Everett [...]

By |2024-04-01T19:05:30-04:00April 1st, 2024|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

“Height” A Poem by Julien Strong

Tamar shared this beautiful poem, and it made us all think of Everett. It particularly reminded me of watching Everett walk down the hill toward the pond, with his wooden stick in hand. "Height" by Julien Strong (from the journal The Southern Review) Each year I lose a little more of it, the spaces between [...]

By |2023-08-23T07:38:30-04:00August 23rd, 2023|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Thinking of Everett

Today would have been Rabbi Everett Gendler's (z"l) 95th birthday. As the Earth displays its splendor and bounty, whether that be in the form of rain, sun, lush trees, colorful flowers, or a bumper crop of vegetables in your garden, I hope you too are reminded of Everett. I often think about how he moved [...]

By |2023-08-08T19:48:14-04:00August 8th, 2023|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Be thou a blessing

A couple of weeks ago, Rabbi Gendler's (z"l) family and friends gathered in the Berkshires at the site where he was buried a little over a year ago. We were there for the ceremony to install his footstone. Due to various issues, the original ceremony had to be postponed. It worked in my favor, however, as [...]

By |2023-07-04T19:59:53-04:00July 4th, 2023|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

In remembrance there is life

Today is Rabbi Everett Gendler's (z"l) yahrzeit. I assume that like many of you, as I move through my daily life, I'm regularly reminded of Everett. It will happen in surprising and often unexpected ways. I'll think of him when I notice the first rhubarb greens as they begin to poke out of the earth, when a particularly bright [...]

By |2023-04-01T11:46:25-04:00April 1st, 2023|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

It’s the little things – Thinking of Everett

Yesterday was the first day of Nisan. Everett (z"l) died on 1 Nisan last year. Naomi, Tamar, and I had a discussion about on which day we should acknowledge and share some information about Everett on social media - the first day of Nisan or April 1. I said that Uncle Everett would think it [...]

By |2023-03-24T07:01:31-04:00March 24th, 2023|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|1 Comment

A Tallit of Many Colors

About a month ago, I learned that my uncle, Rabbi Gendler, was given one of the first five rainbow tallitot ever made. For those who don't know, before the 1960s, tallitot were white with black (sometimes blue) stripes. That was convention until Rabbi Gendler's friend, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, invented, designed, and commissioned the making of [...]

By |2022-03-07T15:56:28-04:00March 7th, 2022|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|4 Comments

I’m looking for stories about Rabbi Gendler

I'm doing some writing about Rabbi Gendler and am looking for vivid, detailed memories people have of him between 1971-1995. If you attended Phillips Academy and/or were a congregant at Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, I would love to hear your detailed stories or memories about Rabbi Gendler and the impact he had on you. [...]

By |2021-10-08T09:51:46-04:00October 8th, 2021|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Follow-up conversation with Rabbi Everett Gendler and Ambassador Andrew Young

In April, I had the honor of speaking with Rabbi Everett Gendler and Ambassador Andrew Young. During the discussion, they talked about how they met in Albany, GA, in 1962, and the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities during the civil rights movement. In June, I had the pleasure of following up with the two of them. During our second [...]

By |2021-07-05T17:43:56-04:00July 5th, 2021|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments
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