Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Rabbi Wendi Geffen serves North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL. 

The Stone-Thrower, The Israel-Denier and Me

Rabbi Wendi Geffen

I sense the existence of one Am Yisrael – one Jewish people – on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

It's a difficult day for the Jewish people (as I hope it is a difficult day for most people, regardless of religion) for obvious reasons.

My Grandmother's Hands and Psalm 90

Rabbi Wendi Geffen

We are in her house in Dallas. Sesame Street plays on the television I am supposed to be watching. But instead, I watch her, specifically her hands.

On Faith, Trust, and Kindergarten

Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Tomorrow, my oldest child begins kindergarten, and I’m not sure who’s more nervous. My sweet, sensitive, 95-year-old-Jewish-man-trapped–in-the-body-of-5-year-old son has expressed numerous concerns, ranging from: “What if I don’t make friends?” to “Where will the bathrooms be?” I tell him not to worry, that it won’t be so different from his cherished preschool in my synagogue (where everyone knows him, where is he most comfortable outside of our home) - but I know it will be completely new and very different.