About Rabbi Andy Bachman

Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, New York, and, along with his wife Rachel Altstein, is a founder of Brooklyn Jews. He was ordained by the Reform movement in 1996.

Why Be Jewish: Engaging the Sacred Pt. 2

By May 13, 2010

In the 12 years that I have been connected in some form or another to The Samuel Bronfman Foundation –first as the Executive Director of the Bronfman Center at NYU, then as founder of Brooklyn Jews and today as Rabbi … Read More

We Even Have A Nazi

By May 28, 2007

So Park Slope has a little Nazi. A small, angry Nazi. I met him this evening. Returning from an unveiling at a Queens Cemetery, I was parking the car at 8th and Garfield. The little Teuton was crossing the street … Read More

Grow Up! It’s Shabbos!

By May 28, 2007

This is a special Shabbat reserved for those of you with mommy and daddy issues. From Kedoshim (Leviticus 19), the Eternal says, “Every person should revere his mother and father and you should keep my Shabbat, I am the Eternal … Read More

Thank God for Tenth Grade

By May 27, 2007

Sophomore year in high school, everything began to shift for me. It was the last hey-day of any illusions I had of being a basketball player, let’s just get that out there. I was the starting point guard on a … Read More

New Paths?

By May 26, 2007

Ann Hulbert shares some insight from a recent Pew study on sexual and political principles of Gen Next that are worth a look in today’s Sunday Times Magazine. It captures, certainly from my own experience, the rooted openness of a … Read More

Bringing In Shabbat By the Grave

By May 25, 2007

My father used to say to my sisters that I was the sensitive one. “Like a deer in the woods who hears a twig snap,” which I guess meant I had a kind of high strung alertness. I learned this … Read More

Bringing In Shabbat By the Grave

Bringing In Shabbat By the Grave
By March 13, 2007

My father used to say to my sisters that I was the sensitive one. “Like a deer in the woods who hears a twig snap,” which I guess meant I had a kind of high strung alertness. I learned this … Read More

The Big Nose of God

The Big Nose of God
By March 13, 2007

In commenting upon the unique relationship that Moses had with God atop Mount Sinai, the rabbis noticed a interesting thing about the text in Exodus. When Israel originally approaches the mountain, it is described simply as that – a mountain. … Read More