This was due to their emphasis on song, dance, storytelling, mysticism and ecstatic worship.
But serious scholasticism remained part of the equation.
Reach her at [email protected][Less] Mimi Lox, 70, is a retired social worker thoroughly enjoying her second career.
The active Upper West Sider — who still takes ballet classes and regularly attends services at her synagogue, B’nai Jeshurun — volunteers in an affordable housing facility run by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, where she has office hours one afternoon a week.
College towns are a popular choice for Jews hoping to blend into the fabric of a diverse and thriving local culture.
One of the leading Progressive activists in Ashland is Jeff Golden, who is something of a pioneer to his generation of Southern Oregon transplants.
He purchased an isolated plot of land north of town in the early 70’s as a young Jewish man from Beverly Hills, after attending Harvard. Jeff’s adventures are chronicled in his book Watermelon Summer and the documentary River Dogs.
But Golden grew up secular and has yet to investigate a potential route home to Judaism.
Zaslow is heavily involved in interfaith dialogue, wrote a book about Jesus, and made a presentation at World Peace and Prayer Day last year near Ashland.
Although this movement has a reputation for an experimental approach to spirituality, the congregation in Ashland affirms a pro-Israel stance on their web site, at a time when some of their peers have reservations on that topic.
Enter the intersection of Ashland with Jewish people in their sixties.
Many Jews seek acceptance in seemingly eclectic places where people are disconnected from established traditions and prone toward universalism or new modes of thought.
He has instead devoted his life to his version of “social responsibility,” including producing a PBS series called Immense Possibilities.