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Chag Sukkot Sameach!

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ולקחתם לכם ביום הראשון פרי עץ הדר כפת תמרים וענף עץ עבת וערבי נחל ושמחתם לפני ה׳ אלקיכם שבעת ימים “On the first day, you must take for yourself a fruit of the citron tree, an unopened palm frond (lulav), myrtle branches, and willows [that grow near] the brook. You shall rejoice before God for seven days.” (Leviticus 23:40) After the solemn drama of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we arrive at the Festival of Sukkot – a week-long celebration, a happiest of festivals in the Jewish tradition. In fact, the rabbis would refer to it as ‘heChag’, or ‘the […] more

Havdalah at the Lincoln Memorial

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I just returned from a long weekend in Washington, D.C. where I accompanied two TE teens (Noah Simon and Anne Ryack) who attended the L’taken seminar of the Religious Action Center (RAC) of the Reform Movement. They were part of a 12-strong group from New Haven area, bringing together teens from Temple Emanuel, Congregation Mishkan Israel and Temple Beth David. I have asked Noah and Anne to share some of their thoughts about the experience with you all, and they have provided a wonderful report below. All I can add is how much I was impressed with our kids, their […] more

On Legacies, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Future Generation of Jews

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I am writing this column at the end of a very long Sunday.  This morning our Hebrew School marked Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and engaged in a series of projects to make the world a better place. The students shared their dreams and prepared gifts for those in need. It was a perfect way to celebrate this day in a very Jewish way. The day continued with the second session of our new teen program that brought together 17 teenagers from Temple Emanuel, Congregation Mishkan Israel (Hamden) and Temple Beth David (Cheshire).  The program is dedicated to exploring the […] more

Happy Thanksgivukkah?

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  For the last few months I seem to have received the same article once a week on average – in emails from friends and congregants, on Facebook. and through every Jewish news outlet and magazine online. Haven’t you heard yet? This year’s Chanukah starts as early as the day before Thanksgiving!!! According to the fascinating article, this has never happened before (it actually did fall that early once, but that was before Thanksgiving was proclaimed!), and it will never happen again – at least not in my lifetime (next time Chanukah will coincide with Thanksgiving is reported to be […] more

Happy October!

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On Sept 23rd I met with Laurel, our High Holy Day Cantorial Soloist, to go over the recent High Holy Day services while the memory is still fresh in our minds. We reviewed our notes and made some corrections and adjustments to the service to make it run a little smoother and to make sure it doesn’t run longer than it should. At the end of our meeting I pointed out that we just had our post High Holy Day review meeting – and it’s not even the end of September yet! To make it feel even more unusual, we […] more

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