Testimonials


Responses to Bread and Torah Programs

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Bread and Torah recently graced our congregation and left so many of our members with memories that will last for life.  As master teachers, Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein bring deep learning and contagious passion to their Torah of bread making and scribal arts.  They teach in ways that engage, inform, and inspire learners of every age.  Rarely have I seen so many youngsters in riveted attention by a presentation as ours were by Rabbi Linda’s on the preparation of a deer skin as a section of parchment.  Bread and Torah epitomizes learning through doing.  In my considered opinion, every rabbi or Jewish educator should arrange to bring Bread and Torah to their synagogue.

Rabbi Dan Alexander, Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Dear Linda and Jonathan:

I cannot believe that it has been a month since you both joined us Beth Israel for the wonderful Bread and Torah program.

I so thoroughly enjoyed the program and getting to spend time with both of you. I have had the privilege of attending many wonderful scholar-in-residence weekends, and I must say that yours stands out among the rest. It was truly unique and exceptional and the hands-on elements were extraordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from and with you. I loved stretching the hide and really getting a sense of how much more goes into producing a Torah than the writing. Linda, your teaching on Shabbat morning will certainly enhance how I chant Torah from now on and, Jonathan, that bagel could very well be the best one I’ve eaten in my entire life (and that’s no small feat).

We are blessed at BI to have the friendship of people like Jeremy and Michele and I am so delighted that their generosity led you to us.

Cantor Jeri Robins, Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester, MA

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Oh, Linda and Jonathan, the two of you are the BEST.  You totally exceeded my expectations.  I loved the way you personalized everything for everyone who was there.  Everyone who attended gave rave reviews.  I cannot thank you enough!

Rabbi Ari RosenbergTemple Sholom, New Milford, CT

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Rabbis Linda and Jonathan created incredible Bread and Torah programming tailored to the needs of our community.  It was unique, educational, and engaging, for children, teens, and adults of all ages.  Several members cited it as a highlight of the year for them at our annual community meeting.  It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us to get hands-on experience with the sacred process of creating a Torah, from the parchment up, as well as baking and enjoying some of the yummiest baked goods to ever come out of our synagogue kitchen!

Robyn Kozierok, co-President, Congregation Beth El, Bennington, VT

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Dear Linda and Jonathan,

What a blessing to bring you to the Solel community, to share your beautiful gifts. You’ve touched our community with your wisdom, authenticity, caring and healing. You’ve been my teachers of Torah, living our sacred words with such intention and kavanah.

The energy that flowed from your souls will remain with us, infusing us with your love of Torah, the Jewish people, and all people of good will.

Biydidut v’todah

Rabbi John Linder, Temple Solel, Paradise Valley, AZ

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Dear Rabbi Linda:

On behalf of the Lev Shalem Institute, thank you again for sharing your expertise with us at the Scribal Arts Festival, and especially your utterly unique Torah project. It was wonderful to learn from you, and it has been wonderful to have your amazing artwork gracing our lobby. Blessings to you for health and strength on your “magnum opus” scroll!

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler
Senior Scholar, Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY

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Sprinkled with poppy or sesame seeds and gently puffed with a chewy crust and tender, yeasty inside, [Rabbi Jonathan's bagels] were as good as any revered New York City bakery’s bagel. They were the perfect thing to eat while welcoming the New Year’s first morning.

Leah Koenig in the Forward. Leah is a contributing editor at the Forward and the author of “Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen.” 

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Our little “mostly-expat-gringo-Jewish community” in San Miguel de Allende was privileged to have Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein in our midst for two months during their recent sabbatical. As we have no formal rabbinical leadership, their presence was a real breath of fresh air! They led some services, gave us talks and hands-on programs on challah baking and Jewish scribal arts, and were genuinely embraced by our community here in central México. Their love of Torah and the Jewish people was evident, and we all pray for their return to San Miguel de Allende in the near future.

In addition, they were so kind to send us some really great books, including Rav Linda’s Hebrew language series which I am now using to teach my Hebrew classes. How wonderful is that?!

Dan Lessner, President, Jewish Cultural and Community Center of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

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Your visit to Temple Beth Avodah this past Sunday was extraordinary! Children and adults are still talking about it and many commented that it one of the finest programs that we have ever had at the synagogue. I could not agree more.
Hide stretching at Havurah InstituteRabbi Jonathan with Kids at challah workshop

…..  We sincerely thank you for your preparedness, your clear instructions, your warmth, your knowledge, your wisdom, and most of all, your passionate love for what you do. It absolutely shines through your every word, your every message, your every letter, your every ingredient. We look forward to having you join us again and to continuing to learn from you and your unique experiential “classrooms.”
Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA
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We had the privilege of spending a day with two rabbis, Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, who traveled from Saratoga Springs, NY to share with us their gifts as a baker and torah scribe, respectively.  At first, I was simply overcome with joy at the variety of embodied experiences to explore throughout the day.  The sweet scent of cinnamon-glazed rugulach, the beauty and delicate care contained in a single hand-written letter “alef” on a torah scroll, the palpable hum in the air of people proofreading sections of torah, declaring every single letter out loud – “VAV. YUD. ALEF. MEM. RESH.”  I took a look around the room, full of folks scattered around either bobbing their heads, deep in a trance of scanning torah panels or joyfully twisting the four strands of the new challah braiding pattern they discovered, and thought, “Wow. This is a Judaism that is alive and breathing.”
The full impact of the event didn’t hit me until the next morning though, as we we finished stretching and preparing a deer hide that will one day be used as part of a sefer torah scroll…. Read full post by Rachel Cohn, participant at Nov 2014 Teva and Adamah program at Isabella Friedman Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT 

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Dear Linda and Jonathan – I want to thank you so very much for teaching our students and families at Shir Ami. It was a wonderful morning, filled with knowledge and mitzvot. I have received many messages from parents and students saying how meaningful the morning was, how great it was to learn from you, and how delicious the challah tasted! I wish you all the best and look forward to continuing our relationship with Bread and Torah.

Yasher koach, Eric
Rabbi Eric Goldberg, Shir Ami, Newtown, PA
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I can’t thank you enough for being with us this past weekend.  It was wonderful from start to finish… such a great model of hands on learning & teachings that really spoke to everyone’s hearts.
Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman, Temple B’rith Kodesh, Roshester, NY
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Dear Rabbi Linda and Rabbi Jonathan,
Thank you so much for presenting your wonderful program of Bread and Torah to Mountain Top. The children loved it and learned so much from you both. Your program is so appropriate for early childhood, we are so pleased you shared it with us again. Each year we learn more and more from you.
Warmly,
Kathy and the Mountain Top Community
Mountain Top School for Young Children at Temple Har Shalom, Warren, NJ
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Where else would Hevreh congregants or anyone in our area have the honor and opportunity to actively participate in viewing, and feeling, the process of seeing a kosher Torah in progress, from the acquisition of the original skins from a kosher animal (in this case deer) through every step of the process to its final product – the parchment upon which a sacred Torah is hand-inscribed. To then go to the scrolls in progress, to proof­read a sacred scroll in progress, is awesome!
Couple this with the accompanying experience of having the opportunity to learn about Jewish values through food, and actually make babka filled with a multiplicity of fillers, with a great variety of toppings. Awesome!
Norma Siegel, Co-Chair of the Life Long Learning Committee, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Gt. Barrington, MA
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Dear Rabbi Jonathan and Rabbi Linda,
Thank you for teaching us to make the challahs. The dough felt squishy and sticky. We liked singing the song while we rolled and braided the challah. The challah tasted sweet, yummy, and delicious.
We loved it when you showed us the Torah and the deerskin and sang the aleph-bet song. We learned that it took many rectangles to make one Torah. We liked being scribes and writing with the turkey feathers.
Thank you for being our special visitors…
Shalom,
The B’nai Israel 4’s classes (B’nai Israel Nursery School, Bridgeport, CT)
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Thank you so much for a fascinating and inspiring presentation on the process of writing a Torah. Many people … expressed their gratitude for how much they learned and how good they felt for participating in the proofreading process. It was widely acclaimed as one of the best events that we have hosted. It really brought people closer to God and their faith.
Mark Reeder, Chairman, B’nai Sholom Adult Education Committee, Congregation B’nai Sholom, Albany NY
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It was such a fantastic pleasure to have you teach at CBST.  As I am sure you could tell, the energy in the room was incredible and the shul absolutely fell in love with you.  I cannot think of a better way to have launched our Torah project.  The congregation’s enthusiasm is tremendous, in no small part because of your teaching.
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, NYC
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Considerable buzz lingers about your being with us this past weekend – and all of it is positive and glowing.  … you touched the many generations of B’nai Israel with your warmth, knowledge and kindness. …. From the hands on things you do to the more cerebral Torah study – you know how to convey both your love for the material and for the people you teach.
Rabbi Jim Prosnit, Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT

Ritenere che lo sforzo comprare propecia on line sia comprare propecia on line anzi importante psicologicamente, perche e una prova con se stessi, significa non avere ben chiara la definizione di alcolismo.

Ma per i ricercatori del politecnico di hong kong questi parametri sono troppo difficili da propecia generico online valutare a prima vista e, ritenendo che sul momento siamo piu colpiti dall’insieme di un propecia generico online corpo, hanno introdotto un nuovo parametro:

E’ come se il sesso personale si dovesso confrontare con un sesso sociale molto articolato e comprar propecia en farmacia motore di desideri di comprar propecia en farmacia cambiamento.

Nello studiare il rapporto tra propecia dapoxetina generico l’uso di varie droghe, ci si e chiesti se l’uso di una propecia dapoxetina generico conduca all’uso di altre, e se ci siano dei percorsi precisi oppure no.

Lo affermano due studi indipendenti recentemente condotti negli stati uniti e in corea del propecia online sud secondo i quali l’attivita sessuale stimola la neurogenesi (cioe la formazione di propecia online nuovi neuroni) nell’ippocampo, sede della memoria a lungo termine.

Oh, Linda and Jonathan, the two of you are the BEST.  You totally exceeded my expectations.  I loved the way you personalized everything for everyone who was there.  Everyone who attended gave rave reviews.  I cannot thank you enough!

הרב ארי בן הרב אהרון וחיה–לאה
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