Oy, what a beautiful morning: Inside Tulsa’s push for new Jewish life

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Oklahoma is know for lots of things—country music, Native American history, tornadoes, Black Wall Street, Route 66—none of which are particularly Jewish. But if you look into Tulsa, a thriving city of 400,000 people, you’ll find a vibrant surge of new developments, incredible infrastructure and an active community of 2,600 Jews. Thanks to its numerous synagogues and organizations like Tulsa Tomorrow, the city is a surprising hotbed of Jewish life.

Rabbi Lillian Kowalski joins to discuss the years she spent in Tulsa during the pandemic, what life is like for a nomadic rabbi, and how she’s finding her transition north of the border to Montreal.


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