Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 8/30/18

When I was in seminary, I heard a story about Gandhi who, we are told, was approached one day by a woman who was deeply concerned that her son ate too much sugar. “I am worried about his health,” she said. “He respects you very much. Would be willing to tell him about its harmful…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 8/23/18

It is with great pleasure that I announce that tomorrow Temple Israel will be launching its brand new website.  By tomorrow afternoon, when you go to our website page (www.templeisraelwlaf.org) you will see a brand new face to our synagogue.  Over the past year, Temple Israel has been working with a web developer to create…

“Our Handbook for Greatness”

This week, I was reminded by a kind, yet stern, police officer that Cumberland Ave was once again a “school zone” and that I should be therefore only be traveling at 20 miles per hour.  “Wow,” I told him, “did school already start?” It was hard to believe that children were returning to school mid-August,…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 8/16/18

I am so excited about Temple Israel’s newest new program series launching this year: Kids in the Kitchen.  You may have heard about it from Thursday reminders or flyers on social media, and I hope some of you are already planning on coming to our first installment on August 26th   for Challah baking.  This program…

“Why Keep Kosher?”

This week, my wife sent me one of the better texts I’ve gotten in a while: “Soooooooo, Indiana Bacon Festival?” she asked. She followed it up with a link where, I discovered, there was in fact something called the Indiana Bacon Festival, in Delphi, that would feature various vendors offering all kinds of goodies made…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 8/9/18

This month, I plan to spend a great deal of time staring at a blank piece of paper.  You see, in addition to the sermons, Thursday reminders, and monthly newsletters on my to-do list, I will begin writing my five High Holy Day sermons for next month.  Every rabbi goes through a period of “sermon-writer’s…

“Dragons in the Bible!”

This week we read from parsha Eikev, deep in the last speeches from Moses to the Israelites.  And boy, am I excited about this parsha!  If you read Eikev all the way through, you’ll find the blessings (and curses) God will bestow upon the Israelites, and you’ll hear the recap of the wilderness sojourn including…

“Shaarey Tefilla” – Weekly Newsletter – 8/2/18

No doubt many or all of you heard about the recent vandalism at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Indiana, wherein someone painted Nazi symbols on an outside wall. The incident made local and national news with many reporting that surveillance video caught two people spending over three hours painting the Nazi flag and iron crosses….

Temple Israel – Monthly Newsletter – August 2018

Dear friends, This past month, I had the privilege of attending a 5-day conference at the Chautauqua Institution.   The Institution, a non-profit “750-acre educational center” that began as a Sunday school training center, proudly calls itself “a national forum for open discussion of public issues international relations, literature and science.”  For nine weeks each summer,…