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Goodbye, old house….

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  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

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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

Shalom, Salaam, Peace…

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When I was a rabbinical student back in the 1990s, I missed out on one of the most important elements of rabbinic training. Due to circumstances completely beyond my control, I found myself without a valid passport and was forced to give up one of the key elements of my education – a year spent studying and living in Israel. Back then I promised myself that one day, soon, I would remedy this and come spend extended periods of time in Israel, improve my Hebrew and engage in learning, living, and being in Israel. Sadly, this dream of mine has […] more

The door is open, walk right in…

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New Year is upon us! Rosh Hashanah is coming! The cycle of Jewish life is about to be renewed once again, with ritual, prayers, solemn and uplifting community gatherings, family reunions – and, of course, lots and lots of food. Food for the body, food for the soul. The spirit of renewal is very much in the air at Temple Emanuel. For the first time in our congregation’s history we are gathering our entire community under one roof! The One Campus addition has been completed and has already transformed the daily life of our community. One roof. One set of […] more

Am Israel Chai…

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In just over a month I will be celebrating 14 years since my rabbinic ordination. It has been an incredible experience, and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to do what I love – to spend my days taking care of the Jewish people and my beloved community, Temple Emanuel. Early in my career I have moved around the world, and so it is only now that I am approaching my first sabbatical – an opportunity to step back from my daily routine, to study and to learn from others, to find new ways to enrich my rabbinate. […] more

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