Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 10/19/17

Tomorrow evening, our synagogue is hosting a very special Evening Shabbat Service presented by the Sisterhood. Given the long history of Sisterhood Shabbats at Temple Israel, it can be easy to lose sight of just how important and momentous this service is. For that reason, I hope we can all take a few minutes to…

“Chaotic Waters”

“When God began to create heaven and earth-the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water – God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” That’s the Jewish Publication Society’s translation of the first words of our Torah which…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 10/12/17

Tonight, we will join together in our sanctuary to celebrate Simchat Torah, the final chag of our season of awe.  Over the last few weeks, we have renewed our calendar, we’ve sought and given forgiveness, we’ve built and sat in temporary dwelling places, and tonight we will complete the reading of the Torah and prepare…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 10/5/17

These have been difficult weeks. As we prepared to usher in our new year, 5778, we witnessed what felt, at least to me, like an endless slew of natural disasters. Hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes unleashed a torrent of human suffering. We knew that we had to act, and that we had to help, but how?…

Temple Israel – Monthly Newsletter – October 2017

L’Shana Tova!  I hope that the observance and celebration of the yamim nora’im has been as meaningful for you as it has been for me.  It is hard to believe that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have come and gone and the construction of the sukkah is occurring outside my door.  With Sukkot and Simchat…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 9/28/17

Over the last few weeks, I, like many of you, have stared at the news, watching as natural disaster after natural disaster has plagued our small corner of the earth. Wildfires. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. I have watched with fascination and horror as giant, spiraling cyclones of wind and rain have moved across the Atlantic, one after…

“The Olam Ha’bah: The World to Come”

Earlier this year I was flipping through Netflix, and stumbled upon a suspenseful new movie called The Discovery.  I had never heard of it.  It’s a Netflix original, starring Jason Segal and Robert Redford.  I knew the cast, and I have had successes with Netflix originals before, so on a whim I pushed play and…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 9/21

This Friday evening, we will worship together at what is called “Shabbat Shuva,” the Sabbath of Return.  It is named for the Haftarah portion assigned to this week, Hosea 14:2-10, which begins with the words: Shuva Yisrael ad Adonai Eloheinu ki kashalta ba’avonecha: “Return, Israel, to Adonai your God, for you have stumbled because of…