Faces and Voices From Jewish Tulsa

  • Music Group Founded by Jewish Tulsan Releases Debut Album

    Burning City Orchestra (BCO), run by composer, singer/songwriter and Jewish Tulsan Noam Faingold, has released a new album. BCO takes orchestral rock song-writing where it’s been a long time coming. Praised by BBC’s Anoushka Shankar for their “gorgeous” strings and “wonderful” lyrics, BCO celebrates traditional chamber music-style intimacy, while incorporating powerful rock, jazz, and punk Continue Reading

  • Joining the Movement

    by Heather Lewin, Director of Development and Community Relations As we begin the final push for this year’s Tulsa Jewish United Fund Campaign, we continue to see members of our community coming together to join the movement—Do good everywhere. From anywhere. Volunteering on a committee, for a specific event, or even just taking the time Continue Reading

  • Moral/Soul Injury Healing

    by Drew Diamond A few years ago it was my privilege to do a presentation at a Veterans Day ceremony. I used Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn as my inspiration. Rabbi Gittelsohn (1910-95), assigned to the Fifth Marine Division, was the first Jewish chaplain the United States Marine Corps ever appointed. The American invading force at Iwo Continue Reading

  • Debbie O’Hearn celebrates 25 years at the Federation

    By Suzie Bogle This fall marks the 25th anniversary of Debbie O’Hearn’s tenure as the Federation’s Executive Assistant, making her the longest-serving member of the current Federation staff. Over the past quarter century Debbie has worked for four Executive Directors, including David Bernstein –twice. In fact, it was David who hired Debbie in 1990 when Continue Reading

  • Chagim in Oklahoma

    by Shiri Achiasaf-West There is something in the air during the Chagim – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah – some sense of a new, refreshing start, festiveness, and holiness. I happened to spend Rosh Hashanah this year in Israel. As much as I truly love Oklahoma, I always miss the feeling in the Continue Reading

  • My Plans for 5776

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Did you know that it has been two whole years of my being this community’s Shlicha?? It has indeed! I remember the week I came here “just to try it out.” It was in May, and I was here the week of Rabbi Sherman’s goodbye party at Temple Israel. I was Continue Reading

  • Making Connections

    by Suzie Bogle, Director of Holocaust Education For three days at the end of July, 31 middle and high school teachers, seven Sherwin Miller Museum docents and one Holocaust Council member participated in our second annual Summer Institute for Holocaust Educators. They began by touring the Holocaust & Judaica exhibits at the museum, followed by Continue Reading

  • Summer Shilihim Farewell

    Summer Shlichim Bid Farewell by Shiri Achiasaf-West Tulsa was privileged once again to welcome two Summer Shlichim (emissaries) into our community to work at Camp Shalom. Or Avraham and Shir Halevi spent the summer as part of our camp community, working with our staff to bring Israel a little closer to us all. Our talented Continue Reading

  • Living a Jewish Lifestyle – August 30

    Even if you missed our first meeting you are welcome to join us at our next meeting on Sunday, August 30th at 2 p.m. at the CSJCC. The first meeting of Fostering Dialogue and Living a Jewish Lifestyle brought together a diverse group of individuals and couples with a common interest in exploring Judaism. The Continue Reading

  • Tulsa Family Mifgash Goes to Israel

    by Shiri Achiasaf-West This summer marked an important milestone for the Tulsa Jewish community – the family mifgash (encounter) to Israel in June. I was honored to lead the following families on this trip to visit Israel this summer: Howard, Marie and Gabriel Berkson; Jennifer and Lyla Jacobs; Seth, Dedra and Emily Lapidus; Starr Levin-Johnson Continue Reading