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Ivrim Jews Without Borders

Ivrim Jews Without Borders

By Rabbi Elyssa Joy Austerklein
We are a "synagogue in your heart" dedicated to personal spiritual growth through the arts, meditation, yoga, worship and study.
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Ivrim Jews Without Borders

Pesach is the Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover. The clever ancient rabbis also played with the word, dividing the word Pesach into the two words Peh and Sach, meaning “a mouth for conversation.” Traditionally, the Jewish way of learning is in conversation with another. One of the ways we celebrate Passover, especially at the holiday meal, called the Seder, is by asking a lot of questions. In this podcast, Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein speaks with eight children and teens, ages 6-16, who have an Autism Spectrum diagnosis. The brain of someone with Autism is wired differently than a neurotypical person. Sensory experiences may be heightened and how a person receives and offers communication may be different. As opposed to the old adage great minds think alike, as Jews, and as people embracing neurodiversity, we believe that great minds don’t think alike. We learn and grow optimally when we engage with those who show us a new way of thinking. Today, on this special podcast episode, you'll hear about Passover from a new perspective with insights from Jewish children and teens on the Autism Spectrum. You can learn more about Ivrim Jews Without Borders at Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.
April 11, 2022
An Introduction and a Meditation
Welcome to the podcast feed for Ivrim Jews Without Borders. Join us as Rabbi Elyssa Joy Austerklein, founder and director of Ivrim Jews Without Borders, invites you in with a meditation. — The first time the Torah uses the name IVRIM for the Jewish people, it comes out of the mouth of Joseph when he is imprisoned. While he is behind bars, he calls the people he belongs to “Ivrim” - holy wanderers. And he is most definitely one himself - perhaps the quintessential one - coming into Egypt as a slave but ultimately becoming second to Pharaoh himself. Time and again he moved past and beyond expectations - following a dream and believing in God’s path for him. Ivrim are our ancestors who found the One God as HaMakom - as the place - as home. Ivrim - are the people who abhor stagnancy. Ivrim are the ones who find growth in stillness. — Learn more at, and stay tuned for a special Passover episode!
April 06, 2022