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Shalom, chaver…

Jerry Brieger

עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב, וּקְנֵה לְךָ חָבֵר Aseh lekha rav, u’kneh lechah chaver… Pirkei Avot 1:6 Make for yourself a mentor (rabbi), acquire for yourself a friend… This rabbinic dictum directs each of us to build the relationships that go both horizontally and vertically. When Mishnah urges us to ‘acquire a friend,’ it suggests that we need people to share our lives with, the good and the bad, those who support us, and those who need our love and encouragement in return. But it opens with ‘aseh lechah rav’ – find yourself a rabbi, a mentor, a teacher – someone to […] more

Enhancing our High Holy Day experiences…


A number of years ago, we were discussing the need to review and edit the beloved TE ‘blue’ prayerbook, and the ritual committee made a decision to adopt an existing prayerbook that would fit the needs of our community, in addition to the TE’s own siddur. I was able to temporarily secure (from Camp Eisner) enough copies of Mishkan Tefilah, the new Reform prayerbook, and we had a number of services over the course of a few months, giving everyone a chance to explore the new book and to see it ‘in action’. While no one prayerbook can ever be […] more

Statement by the Clergy of Orange on the Massacre in Orlando, FL

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With sadness in our hearts, we condemn with one voice the senseless violence that took place in Orlando, Florida last Saturday night. The heinous acts committed by a single gunman on Saturday night were an attack on all civilized people. They were an attack on fundamental American values. They were an attack on our shared belief that every human being – regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation – is a child of God and equally endowed by God with dignity and worth. We mourn the lives lost and express our deepest condolences to their families. We hold close those […] more

Goodbye, old house….

The House

  And so the time has come to say goodbye to the old house. For many of us this is a moment tinged with sadness. For over 40 years this house has been the center of Temple Emanuel’s universe – religious school classes, the office, committee meetings, book clubs, meals, parties, learning, and praying – it has been a witness to over 40 years of TE history… But it was also an old house that had all the challenges of an aging structure that has been added to throughout the years – the wet basement, summer humidity, the ice damming, […] more

Refugees welcome


In the recent weeks there has been much talk about refugees coming into this country. There has been no shortage of opinions offered, including some pretty offensive statements from politicians running for the highest office in the land. Some very real fears were expressed by the American public in light of the Paris terror attacks, fears that need to be addressed and taken seriously. And while no one can guarantee an absolute protection from terror, foreign or domestic, we as a society need to continue to be vigilant and committed to the safety of our country and our streets, supporting […] more

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