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Avram Mlotek
Avram Mlotek is a Base co-founder and Rabbi of Base: DWTN.

Prior to joining Base, Avram served as a rabbi in training at The Carlebach Shul, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, The Educational Alliance and Hunter College Hillel. In 2012, The New York Jewish Week selected him as a "leading innovator in Jewish life today," as part of their "36 Under 36" section. Avram's writing has appeared in The Forward, Tablet, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, The Huffington Post and Kveller, among other blogs. His Yiddish cultural work has brought him to China, Ethiopia, Israel, Sweden, and Australia.

He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Mlotek completed units of clinical pastoral education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

Entries by Avram Mlotek

Voices; An LGBTQ and Ally Open Mic

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 3:59 PM

The doorbell rings. Before I know it, there are over 50 people in our living room on a Sunday morning. Bagels and lox are included but it's not the free food that has enticed these 20 something year olds. Base, where I live and work, has partnered with Jewish Queer...

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The Fast I Desire

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:06 AM

"Rabbi, could I get a glass of water?" asks Rose.

It's Yom Kippur, a fast day, and we've just finished Kol Nidrei. This person is one of the seventy who have shown up at our home, Base, where I also happen to work.


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Trans-Generational Trauma: Passover, The Holocaust and My Grandma

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 4:29 PM

I sit across from my grandmother at the Seder table.

"Grandma," I say, "I'm wondering what it's like for you, as a Holocaust survivor, who fled Germany as a child, to read these words, 'in every generation an enemy rises'?"

She raises her eyebrows...

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The Pope, MLK and Moses

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:42 PM

By Jon Leener and Avram Mlotek

As millions of Americans ushered in the New Year, many recommitted to a common practice of composing new year's resolutions, identifying areas of potential growth and change in their personal and professional lives. We, as rabbinical students, have our own resolutions, as we reflect...

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Spiritual Empathy

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:26 PM

I spend my morning visiting with a 56-year-old patient dying of lung cancer. I'm mindful of the oceanic backdrop of Ms. Schwartz's life before I enter her room, eager to be of service and terrified. I introduce myself, asking if she would be interested in a visit, and she says...

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Re-Imagining Holocaust Remembrance Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:11 PM

By Avram Mlotek and Jon Leener

On April 28, Jews around the world will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day is traditionally marked with candle light vigils, reading of Holocaust victims names and memorial prayers. In the next generation, there will be no living survivors left and...

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A Journey Back in Time: Visiting Shanghai More Than 70 Years After My Grandfather Fled East From the Holocaust

(5) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:09 PM

1939, Warsaw, Poland

Yosl Mlotek was 21 years old, and only a few days after the Nazi invasion, the newspaper where he worked, the Folksaytung, moved their offices to Lublin. En route, he heard that the city's roads were blocked, so he traveled to Vilna. He lived there for a...

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A Letter to My Daughter

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:04 PM

Dear Revaya,

When I came home the other day and listened to the radio as I was preparing dinner, I knew I would have to write you this letter. You're about to turn 6 months and it's powerful to think how much your presence has altered our daily lives. Your...

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