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.

Reform Judaism’s Iraq War Resolution: What Do You Think?

Reform Judaism’s Iraq War Resolution: What Do You Think?
By March 13, 2007

Members of my community are asking about the Iraq War and whether or not our congregation should be encouraging discussion on what is, arguably, the most important moral issue of our day. It turns out the Reform Movement, of which … Read More

Day 3: Is God Still Necessary?

By December 22, 2006

From: Douglas Rushkoff To: Andy Bachman Subject: Are we ready to take the next step? Dear Andy, Fascism wasn’t godlessness at all—simply people worshipping a different god. Fascism isn’t monotheism, of course, but obedience to a natural order, and expressed … Read More

Day 2: Is God Still Necessary?

Day 2: Is God Still Necessary?
By December 19, 2006

From: Douglas Rushkoff To: Andy Bachman Subject: The line you won’t cross Dear Andy, “Means” and “ends” are only relevant when we’re stuck in this darned illusion of linear time. On the one hand, I see God as a great … Read More

Day 1: Is God Still Necessary?

Day 1: Is God Still Necessary?
By December 18, 2006

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, author of Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, believes that Jews should surrender their antiquated attachment to a Creator God. Reform Rabbi Andy Bachman believes that "God is the end…the point of our struggle." Jewcy asked … Read More

Kosher Stacks

By December 7, 2006

“Is it not from ‘trifles’ that emerge all the important collections of national objects? One must begin by first loving that which is small and modest…that which does not attract because of its majesty and collosal forms…but where are hidden … Read More

You Don’t Have to Be in Shul, Fool

By December 7, 2006

[Note: This post is a continuation of Rabbi Andy Bachman's "Confronting Shabbat" argument.] By the 1870s in America, the one aspect of Shabbat observance that was perceived of as within the “rabbinic reach” of liberal leadership was attendance at Shabbat … Read More

Jake’s Thing: A Divinely-Delivered Limp

Jake’s Thing: A Divinely-Delivered Limp
By December 7, 2006

Jacob is a paradigmatic figure for our own spiritual growth. At the early stages of his life, he is led to his legacy by a powerful parent, played off another parent, something of an academic goody-goody (the rabbis of the … Read More

Confronting Shabbat

By December 6, 2006

Speaking before his colleagues in 1965, Rabbi Gunther Plaut argued in favor of a Reform movement restoration of the Sabbath that, forty years later, has yet to be achieved. This probably comes as no surprise to people, given the Reform … Read More