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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 21 - 27

Friday services 6:00pm
Saturday services 9:18am
Friday candle lighting 6:37pm
Saturday havdalah 7:34pm
Sun. minyan 9:00am Sukkah Builders Minyan
Sun. candle lighting 6:33pm
Mon. services Sukkot day 1 9:18am
Mon. candle lighting after 7:30pm
Tues. services Sukkot day 2 9:18am
Thur. minyan 7:00am

Parashat Ha'azinu

“Let the earth hear the words of my mouth,” sings Moses. He depicts Israel’s future betrayal of God and God’s ultimate forgiveness. His song completed, Moses again urges the people to observe “all the instructions of this Torah.” God now orders Moses to ascend Mount Nebo, to behold from afar, before he dies, the land promised to
Israel.

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