Celebrating Catherine–Remarks from Fran Martin

Hello.  Hello.  As you are settling in, finding your people, your table and getting your food, I want to not only officially welcome you all to this stunning Celebrating of Catherine, and also to thank each and every one of you here for making this a true Community endeavor, one...

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Parashat Bo: World Zionist Congress Elections

Rabbi Freedman delivered this sermon at Shabbat evening service on January 31. We are still in Egypt. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about the final three plagues, and Pharaoh ultimately agreeing to release the Israelites from bondage. But, for now, we are still in Egypt for one more...

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The Covenant Reimagined with a More Savvy Abraham

By Carl W. Schneider* God’s first words to Abram (whose name had not yet changed to Abraham) in their initial communication were “Go forth…to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation.”  (Gen 12:1-3)  God never identified himself as a deity, as He...

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A Part of Something Greater Than Ourselves

Rabbi Jill Maderer wrote this article for the December Bulletin. I can picture, as a young child, sitting at my family’s Shabbat table on an evening when our Rabbi was there as our guest. I remember he and my parents were engaged in a conversation about the importance of the...

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Brit Olam: A Covenant With Our World

Rabbi Eli Freedman delivered this sermon during the Yom Kippur morning services. According to the Torah, who were the first Jews? I heard some Adam and Eves, I heard some Abraham and Sarahs, I think I heard someone say “my grandmother!” The correct answer is Abraham and Sarah, but it...

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Letting Go

Delivered by Rabbi Jill Maderer, Kol Nidre 5780 Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, would tell this story. Shortly after Wiesenthal is liberated, a man asks if he can borrow $10.  Week after week, the man comes to say he cannot pay it back. Excuse after excuse. Weeks...

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Tikkun Middot: AKA, What I Learned at Camp

Erev Rosh Hashanahsermon delivered by Rabbi Eli Freedman In his new Netflix movie, Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis asks Paul Rudd if he is a ‘practicing Jew.’ Without missing a beat, Rudd responds, “I’m not a practicing Jew… I perfected it!” Funny, but not true. None of us have perfected...

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