Elul Reflections: The Power of Our Words

Do our words really matter? In his sermon Friday evening, Rabbi Bill Kuhn explored how every time we speak to another, we have the opportunity to heal or to hurt, to lift up or to tear down.  When we speak ill of someone, the words spread around like the feathers...

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“What’s Jewish About Everyday Life?”

During the nine Friday nights from July 5th through August 30th, we will offer a newly updated version of what has become a great tradition at Rodeph Shalom.  Throughout our summer Shabbat services, we will focus on one common theme: the presence of Jewish values in otherwise secular encounters we...

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“Here I Am”

Lee Herman’s remarks upon receiving the Hineni Award in May 2013 I am pleased to accept the Hineni Award from Rodeph Shalom.  Hineni means “Here I Am” and is found in Genesis when Adonoi called to Abraham and Abraham answered “Hineni” or “Here I Am.” While this recognition acknowledges that...

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Why I Volunteer at Rodeph Shalom

Andrea Kamer’s remarks upon receiving the Hineni Award in May 2013 As some of you know, I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Springfield is a city of about 150,000 people with a Jewish community of 100 families. When I lived there, every Jew in Springfield belonged to the...

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“What Happens When You Say Yes?”

Michael Hauptman’s remarks upon receiving the Hineni Bezalel Award in May 2013: There are so many talented, hard-working people in this congregation who give so much of their time and energy, that for me to be singled out for this award is as baffling as it is appreciated. Thank you...

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Rules to Live By?

It’s graduation season. Those of us who have the opportunity to address a group of college graduates, high school graduates or Confirmation students consider how to reduce all of life’s lessons down to a few simple rules.  While it may be a trite endeavor, it’s a powerful opportunity to remind...

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