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Dayeinu For Today

More than most other Jewish experiences during the calendar year, we love to celebrate Passover. A 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center found that American Jews frequent a Seder in surprisingly high numbers. While only 23% of U.S. Jews said they attend religious services at least monthly, 70% said they participated in a Seder last year. That includes 42% of Jews of no religion (those who consider themselves Jewish in some way, were raised Jewish or had a Jewish parent, but say they are atheist or agnostic or have no particular religion.)

So, what is it about Passover that speaks to American Jews? I imagine that in large part … Read more

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Esther’s Use of Prayer and its Impact on Ours: Finding the Right Words in a Broken World

I have always been amazed by Esther’s bravery. As we will read in the Megilla on Purim, Queen Esther approaches King Achashverosh in order to petition him to spare the Jews from the evil plot of Haman. Esther acknowledges that she is putting her life at risk in order to ask to see the king.… Read more

Countering Fear and Violence by Coming Together

Dear Friends, On Thursday night of last week we entered into the new month of Av. Av is a month of sadness in the midst of destruction, yet it also contains within it the seeds of hope. The beginning of Av introduces the “nine days,” which culminates in the ninth day of the Hebrew month… Read more

This week April 28 - May 4

Fri. evening services 6:00pm
Sat. Shabbat services 9:15am

Sun. Minyan 9:00am
Mon. Minyan 7:00am
Thur. Minyan 7:00am
Fri. Candle Lighting: 7:31pm
Sat. Havdalah: 8:35pm


Parashat Tazriya and Metzora

God teaches Moses the laws regarding physical purity, including purification after childbirth. The means of identification and purification of leprous skin diseases are set out, as are the laws concerning disposal of infected garments. God sets forth the last steps for the purification of a leprous person. God even provides laws for when the Israelites reach Canaan and own houses that show evidence of leprous plague. Lastly, God addresses the impurity associated with bodily emissions, including a woman’s monthly cycle.

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WHO WROTE THE BIBLE, PART TWO
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 8-9:30 PM

Join Rabbi Baldachin for an exciting second part of his "Who Wrote the Bible" series, this Wednesday evening from 8-9:30 pm.

Both those who attended the first class and those who didn't are welcome to participate. The first class covered the topic of the origin of the Bible from the perspective of various philosophers and scholars from the different denominations of Judaism, and its influence on how the Torah helps us live a meaningfully Jewish life today. (Please click HERE to access the source sheets from the first class). This second class will cover the question of who wrote the Bible from the perspective of biblical scholarship based on the book, “Who Wrote the Bible” by Richard Elliott Friedman. Elliot draws upon biblical and archaeological evidence to make a convincing argument for the identities of the authors of the five books of Moses.

Calendar of Events

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    USY Lounge Night

    April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Fri 28