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…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 9/14/17

Back when my son, Asher, used to nap (those were good old days), he would usually only nap in the car. On days when it was my turn to drive around to get him down, I would pass the time by listening to episodes of my favorite radio program, This American Life.  There is one…

High Holy Day Welcome Message – Temple Israel – 5778

Welcome: B’yachad – Together ~ A Message from Rabbi Harvey Bruchim Ha’ba’im. Welcome everyone to our High Holy Day season here at Temple Israel.  It is an absolute joy to be part of a Temple with such a strong history, a congregation filled with such kind, devoted, and passionate Jews.  I feel blessed to have joined…

“First Fruits”

This morning we are within the seven shabbatot that precede the holiest of days in our calendar, Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide, like us, will be studying some of the last chapters of the Torah. Our parsha this week, “Ki Tavo,” literally means “when you enter” and in this section, Moses lays down…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 9/7/17

In last week’s Thursday reminder, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented destruction in the Houston-area, I offered you three ways to help those in need. Now, a week later, I am overwhelmed by the response of our synagogue members and wanted to highlight what we as a community were able to accomplish in less…