Seekers of Meaning 4/22/2022: A Humanitarian Mission to Help Ukrainian Refugees

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbis Jeffrey Salkin (center) and Gregory Marx (right) discuss their recent humanitarian mission to the Polish border with Ukraine to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees from the Russian invasion.

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About the Guests

Rabbi Gregory S. Marx

Rabbi Marx has been spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Or since 1989. Previously he was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida.

Committed to Jewish and interfaith education, he is the proud past President of the Wissahickon Faith Community Association, an interfaith organization supporting clergy from various faiths. He is a devoted liberal Zionist, celebrating the return of our people to our ancestral homeland after thousands of years of exile. He expresses that dedication in service to the State of Israel, having led numerous congregational and communal missions to Israel as well as serving as the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds. He is proud member of the New York Board of Rabbis, while serving the rabbinic community locally as the co-President of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis. His local communal engagement includes the Board of Directors of the Abington Hospital Foundation Board, Abramson Senior Care, and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia.

Rabbi Marx has published in several journals, periodicals and papers. Ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1984, and holding a BA from Oberlin College and an M.H.L. and D.D. from Hebrew Union College, he teaches extensively and has worked to instill pride in Jewish traditions for over 37 of Rabbinic service and leadership.

Rabbi Marx and his wife, Laurie have four children, Daniel, (married to Tyi), Joe & Ricca. He is the proud grandfather of Lilah.

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis and thought leaders.  His colleagues have called him “an activist for Jewish ideas,” “courageous,” “always relevant,” and “a rabbi’s rabbi.”

Ever since his first book, “Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah” (Jewish Lights Publishing), Rabbi Salkin has been known for his writing, teaching and activism.  His books are on such subjects as ritual, masculinity, Zionism, inter-religious affairs, and how Jews can change the world.  He has written or edited three Torah commentaries – two of which are for teens. Several of his books have won national awards.

Rabbi Salkin’s award-winning blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” is published by the Religion News Service.  His essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Commentary, The Huffington Post, Tablet, Mosaic, Forward and JTA.  He has discussed the American political scene on CNN and the BBC.  He has contributed articles to scholarly journals.

Rabbi Salkin was one of the first rabbis to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has lectured and taught at major universities and seminaries, and has presented at sermon workshops in New York, Massachusetts, Chicago and Palm Beach.  In addition, in the summer of 2020, Rabbi Salkin delivered the keynote address on religion at The Chautauqua Institution, America’s iconic educational and cultural community.

Rabbi Salkin believes that synagogues should be responsive, responsible and resilient.  During the COVID-19 crisis, he helped transform his synagogue into a virtual congregation.  He created Facebook services (with hundreds of virtual worshipers) and Torah classes on Zoom.  He created “Zooming Out Of Egypt,” a virtual seder to bring congregants’ families together.

Rabbi Salkin is an intrepid Zionist and lover of Israel.  He has served on the boards of Zionist organizations, has led congregational missions to Israel, interprets Israel from the pulpit and in print, and studies every summer at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a leading center of Jewish thought and education.

Rabbi Salkin grew up in Old Bethpage, NY.  He is the father of Samuel (Kyle) and Gabriel and the grandfather of Noah. His hobbies include playing guitar, movies, reading, travel and learning about coffee.

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