“Deep Hope”

This week, as we gather together at Shabbat, I have to tell you, I’m pretty tired.  No, I’m  not tired because my son  Asher woke up  in the middle of the night because his feet hurt, or because my daughter Noa woke  up a  few times because sleep training is not going exactly to  plan.  …

“Public Charge” – Weekly Newsletter – 1/30/00

This week, the Supreme Court voted to allow the “Public Charge” expansion to take effect and, as a result, further restrict immigration.   As CBS News reported: By dramatically expanding the definition of a “public charge, or an economic burden on society,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulation unveiled in August gives officials…

“Back from Spertus” – Weekly Newsletter – 1/23/20

It is great to write to you all again! I am so excited to tell you all about last week.  As many of you know, twice a year I travel to Chicago for a five-day intensive at the Spertus Institute in order to continue my journey towards a Doctorate of Science in Jewish Studies. I…

“War! What is it Good for?”

War! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again, I said War! Huh! Good God y’all, what is it good for?  Absolutely nothing!   I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve been listening to Edwin Starr’s 1970 classic release quite a bit this week.  I’m sure I’m not the…

“Consecration” – Weekly Newsletter – 1/9/19

This Sunday, during LJCRS, the next generation of  children will celebrate their Jewish “consecration.”   In our faith, Consecration marks the beginning of formal Jewish study.  This is one step in the lifecycle ladder, which is followed by bar/bat mitzvah, which marks the entry into adolescence, and Confirmation, which marks the approach to adulthood.  Consecration…

“Jews and Blacks Must Unite Against Hate”

I would assume that many if not all of you are well aware of the surge in antisemitic attacks occurring in New York. As Hanukkah concluded and the New Year began, we saw Jewish men and women brutally harassed verbally, as well as viciously attacked with fists, thrown objects, and knives on the streets of…

“When God Gave Us Words” – Weekly Newsletter – 1/2/20

On this, the first weekly newsletter of 2020, I thought I’d begin by sharing a children’s book that was given to me by some friends for Hanukkah.  It’s a book by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, who is a bit of a local celebrity, as she was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and…