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Healing the Relationship Between North American Jews and Israel

I want to take a moment to highlight next Shabbat, Saturday September 1st.  At services that morning, we will celebrate Eugene and Diane Linett’s 50th anniversary together with their family. In the evening,  we will hold a very special service called Selichot that helps to spiritually prepare us for the Yamim Noraim, the days of Awe, which are a time for introspection and commitment to change in the coming year.

We will begin our evening at 8:30pm with a fascinating conversation about one of the relationships in our lives in need of healing this year- the relationship between North American Jews and Israel.

One of my teachers and colleagues, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, recently featured in the Jewish Week  will have a conversation with Maital Friedman about the rough edges of this relationship.… Read more

Judaism is not just about observing laws. It is about treating people well.

Rabbi Israel of Rizhin once asked a student how many sections there were in the Shulchan Arukh (16th century code of Jewish Law). The student replied, “Four.” “What,” asked the Rizhiner, “do you know about the fifth section?” “But there is no fifth section,” said the student. “There is,” said the Rizhiner. “It says: always… Read more

Reflections from Jerusalem Parashat Devarim 5778

Hi friends!  My time in Israel is winding down and I am getting ready to head back to the US in a few days.  My experience here has been very rich and meaningful.  I spent most of my time in Jerusalem except for a day in Tel Aviv and in Haifa.  I read about but… Read more

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I Hear the Shofar Calling…

Each year, as we enter the month of Elul, I’m reminded of the lyrics  “I can hear the shofar callin’, callin’, callin’. Listen up and no stallin.’ I think I should change my mind. G-d’s  given me the time I don’t need another sign I’m a get right” from the song “Shofar Callin”  produced by G-DCast.com (You can check out the video here).

After celebrating Rosh Chodesh Elul on Shabbat, we will begin to listen to the blow of the shofar each weekday leading up to Rosh HaShanah. This serves as a reminder, a wakeup call for us to begin digging deep down and focus on our souls, to reflect on the year that has passed and ask for forgiveness from ourselves and of others. Maybe you have a shofar at home that you can blast each morning before everyone gets going with their busy day or perhaps you’ll play this clip.

The blow of the shofar is also a call to action as we embark on new beginnings. And this year, we have so many exciting new beginnings! Our Religious School enrollment is up and we are thrilled about our exciting new curriculum, the pillars of which include an emphasis on tefilah (prayer), Ivrit (Hebrew), Yisrael (Israel), Parashat HaShavua (Weekly Torah Portion), and Haggim (Holidays). You’re invited to check out the new curriculum on the Religious School page and be in touch with any questions you might have. We look forward to welcoming you back to the synagogue from your summers at camp and traveling as we enter the new year together.

 

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Week of September 14 - 20

Friday services 6:00pm
Saturday services 9:18am

Friday candle lighting 6:48pm
Saturday havdalah 7:46pm
Sun. minyan 9:00am "Break-fast" Lovers Minyan
Mon. minyan 7:00am
Tues. Kol Nidre 6:15pm
Wed. Yom Kippur 8:30am w/Yizkor
Thur. minyan 7:00am

Parashat Vayelech

Moses now tells Israel that he can go no further. Joshua shall lead the people over the Jordan, and God will go before them. Moses writes out the law, the Torah, and entrusts it to the priests, with instructions for it to be read every Sabbatical year. Even so, God apprises Moses that the people will indeed break the covenant. God has Moses compose a song that will bear witness to God’s actions and intentions.

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