1. The High Holidays are a time steeped in tradition, with prayers and chants passed down through generations. You know what else is steeped in tradition? The blues. So it’s not so meshuggah for a service to blend the two.

    Rabbi Dan Ain does just that when he leads Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services with musician Jeremiah Lockwood on September 25 and October 3 and 4 at Roulette in Brooklyn.

    Lockwood is a virtuoso of that blues/Jewish chant blend, having learned one tradition from the late blues master Carolina Slim and the other from his grandfather, Cantor Jacob Konigsberg. Check out his jazzed up version of “Avenu Malkeinu Z’khor” at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow here.

    And you too can learn to chant the Jeremiah Lockwood way! Lockwood has helpfully provided instructional videos to some of the High Holiday Hits. Click here to learn the verses to “Avinu Malkeinu,” “Ashamnu” and more.

  2. Rabbi Dan Ain & Nathan Phillips
Wishing everybody a happy Passover. We hope to see some of you at our 92Y Seders.
So about those four questions…Question no. 1: Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs? Rabbi Dan Ain will be leading a Passover Seder with writer/comedian Nathan Phillips, author of The Bob Marley Haggadah, in Brooklyn. For those of you who can’t join us, our friends at JDate have published the all-new JDate Haggadah with a fresh take on Pesach. Or you can always download The Maxwell House Haggadah (this one simply gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling). Question no. 2: Why do we eat Matzah? Rabbi Dan has the answer over at HuffPo.Question no. 3: Where can I find a creative family Seder? We’ve got one with songs, stories and games at 92Y.Question no. 4: What makes this night different from all other nights? We’ll leave that one to you.

    Rabbi Dan Ain & Nathan Phillips

    Wishing everybody a happy Passover. We hope to see some of you at our 92Y Seders.

    So about those four questions

    Question no. 1: Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs? Rabbi Dan Ain will be leading a Passover Seder with writer/comedian Nathan Phillips, author of The Bob Marley Haggadah, in Brooklyn. For those of you who can’t join us, our friends at JDate have published the all-new JDate Haggadah with a fresh take on Pesach. Or you can always download The Maxwell House Haggadah (this one simply gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling).

    Question no. 2: Why do we eat Matzah? Rabbi Dan has the answer over at HuffPo.

    Question no. 3: Where can I find a creative family Seder? We’ve got one with songs, stories and games at 92Y.

    Question no. 4: What makes this night different from all other nights? We’ll leave that one to you.

  3. A Day in the Life with Rabbi Dan

    One of Daily Beast’s Rabbis to Watch in 2013, Rabbi Dan Ain is the Head of Innovation and Tradition at the 92nd Street Y, where he promotes a 21st-century approach to religion, placing it at the intersection of technology, community and culture.

    That’s our Rabbi Dan!

  4. Gilbert Gottfried talks about apologizing for a joke (perhaps you remember) with Rabbi Dan Ain at 92YTribeca. What do you atone for? Here’s your chance to observe Yom Kippur with Rabbi Dan and The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood. But you have to meeeeeaaan it.

    Previously: Gilbert Gottfried riffs on non-practicing Jews.

  5. Are you a Twitter or Facebook person? 

Dan Ain, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi in residence, prefers Twitter. But he thinks Facebook has its moments, and offered what might be the most apt description we’ve heard. “…it can be,” he told us in the latest 92Y Culture Klatsch, “an InTouch or a People Magazine for the people that you do care about.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Certainly not Cable TV. Drudge, The New York Times, Zerohedge, Al Jazeera, Haaretz, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, Google News and local papers. I think it’s important to listen to as many sides as possible and try to get an understanding of what it is they believe (or want to believe or want us to believe that they believe) is going on.

When a story breaks, I try to find a news source that’s as close to the situation as possible and yet still somewhat reliable - like a local paper, blogger or radio station (which I get via the “tune-in radio” app).

What are your favorite websites? 
See above. Also: F’d in Park Slope, MLB.com (especially the app), Sermonaudio.com, kexp.org, PunkTorah.org, YouTube, Baseball Digest and my rabbidan@gmail account.

Read more on the 92Y Blog». 

Rabbi Dan Ain and Bill McGarvey host this Friday’s Shabbat Dinner: Faith, Culture and Finding God in Unexpected Places at 92YTribeca.

    Are you a Twitter or Facebook person?

    Dan Ain, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi in residence, prefers Twitter. But he thinks Facebook has its moments, and offered what might be the most apt description we’ve heard. “…it can be,” he told us in the latest 92Y Culture Klatsch, “an InTouch or a People Magazine for the people that you do care about.”

    Where do you go for news when you start your day?

    Certainly not Cable TV. Drudge, The New York Times, Zerohedge, Al Jazeera, Haaretz, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, Google News and local papers. I think it’s important to listen to as many sides as possible and try to get an understanding of what it is they believe (or want to believe or want us to believe that they believe) is going on.

    When a story breaks, I try to find a news source that’s as close to the situation as possible and yet still somewhat reliable - like a local paper, blogger or radio station (which I get via the “tune-in radio” app).

    What are your favorite websites?

    See above. Also: F’d in Park Slope, MLB.com (especially the app), Sermonaudio.com, kexp.org, PunkTorah.org, YouTube, Baseball Digest and my rabbidan@gmail account.

    Read more on the 92Y Blog».

    Rabbi Dan Ain and Bill McGarvey host this Friday’s Shabbat Dinner: Faith, Culture and Finding God in Unexpected Places at 92YTribeca.