Rabbi’s Messages

Thanksgiving is different this yeear

Posted on November 1, 2020

For as many years as I can remember, I make pilgrimage to my home town of Buffalo to spend time with family and celebrate Thanksgiving with the Northmans. The Northmans are dear family friends and they invite anywhere up to 40 people to their beautiful home nestled by creek. Starting around 3:00 in the afternoon, Continue Reading »

Community in times of uncertainty

Posted on September 1, 2020

“Just as the hand, held before the eye, can hide the tallest mountain, so the routine of everyday life can keep us from seeing the vast radiance and the secret wonders that fill the world.” Chasidic, 18th century, page 3 in Gates of Repentance Are there things that get in the way of seeing the Continue Reading »

Community in times of uncertainty

Posted on July 7, 2020

July / August 2020 Back in March, when we began to move our synagogue services and programming to Live stream, Zoom, and Facebook, most of us thought it would last a few weeks or at most a month or two. But here we are. It’s summer time and there’s a lot of uncertainty about the Continue Reading »

Cookies, Counting, and Covid

Posted on April 29, 2020

May/June Megillah 2020- Hmm, I’m picturing making chocolate chip cookies.  I’ll blend the softened butter with sugar and add the eggs and vanilla.  I especially like to put in some peanut butter.  It cuts down on the sweetness.   And then of course the flour, baking powder, salt, and lots of good quality chocolate chips.  I Continue Reading »

What makes this night different?

Posted on March 3, 2020

A highlight of the Passover seder is when the youngest child present, sings, “Ma Nishtana ha layla hazeh…” Why is this night different from all other nights?  It’s heart-warming to see the next generation actively participating in one of our most beloved holidays.  Back almost two thousand years ago, in the Mishneh, though tells us Continue Reading »

Vote Reform in the World Zionist Elections January 21-March 11, 2020

Posted on January 8, 2020

Even from America’s shores, we can impact Israel by voting for the 38th congress in the World Zionist election.  The World Zionist Congress (WZC) is the governing body of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), Jewish National Fund (JNF), and the Jewish Agency for Israel.  The First Zionist Congress, convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897, began Continue Reading »

50 years – a half a century – a Jubilee

Posted on November 1, 2019

Is it odd that I am excited to be turning 50?  It’s not that I’m unaware that I’m aging.  I color my hair monthly.  I have some pains in my knees and ankles.  My kids have been bigger than me for some years.  One of the preschoolers pointed to the myriad of dark spots on Continue Reading »

Hand Crafted Judaism

Posted on August 29, 2019

As of late, I’ve been noticing a lot of hand crafted items.  I’ve seen hand crafted cocktails with homemade flavored syrups and unique herbs such as lavender.  Burgers are made with fresh beef and savory and even funky toppings such as fried eggs and whiskey sauce.  I even saw a restaurant with hand craft Pho Continue Reading »

Youth are doing Jewish this Summer

Posted on July 3, 2019

Youth are doing Jewish this summer July/ August megillah 2019 Going away to overnight Jewish camp has been recognized as a great way to inculcate Jewish values and strong identities in youth.  On ReformJudaism.org, it’s written, “Jewish summer camps fuse the activities, friendships, and communal life of traditional camps with the Jewish values, role models Continue Reading »

Celebrating our synagogue

Posted on May 5, 2019

May/June 2019 It’s nice to look back on this past year.  Our High Holy Days were beautiful with the voices of our choir and Cantor Linder.  Music always has and continues to be our forte.  Coming together for Lay led minyan on Saturday morning is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others in an intimate Continue Reading »