A beautiful newspaper article
March 31, 2019
I'm deeply grateful to Kate Abbott and the Berkshire Eagle for this beautiful profile of me and my work, both locally (serving Congregation Beth Israel) and on a larger scale (co-founding Bayit: Your Jewish Home). Here's how it begins:
At the foot of Mount Greylock, a round building with a wall of windows looks out at the the stone path of a labyrinth in the grass. The center of the room is a sanctuary, and a woman stands taking in the light.
She moves with poised self-command and an undercurrent of laughter. Walking in, a neighbor might hear her singing a prayer to a folk melody on her guitar, or sharing and reflecting a friend's quiet triumph, or talking frankly about navigating a time of pain.
On a Saturday morning, she will welcome in the community, wearing a rainbow tallit, a prayer shawl. Rachel Barenblat is the rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel, the only synagogue in Northern Berkshire...
Read the whole story here: One of 'America's Most Inspiring Rabbis,' The Berkshire Eagle, March 30, 2019.