Understanding Profound Moments of Love

Last Shabbat, our congregant Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan offered a beautiful presentation on “Understanding Profound Moments.” Her focus on love was inspiring and provoked a lot of thought and conversation, both during the service and afterwards; we invite you to continue the discussion with comments here. Join us to celebrate Shabbat this coming Friday,...

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God in Our Profound Moments

by Rabbi Bill Kuhn All too often, we Reform Jews have a difficult time discussing God. Sophisticated, cosmopolitan Jews of the 21st Century cannot relate easily to the ancient biblical understanding of the God concept. Adding to the confusion is the fact that there are many ways to understand God...

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Visioning Initiative Weekend: Continue the Conversation

Our Visioning Initiative Weekend with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman (click here for Friday’s sermon) provided a meaningful and scholarly foundation for our community to immerse in profound conversations that will transform and deepen the relationships we share.   To engage in the Visioning Initiative, comment on what you experienced this weekend (thoughts to...

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Misheberach Blessing for Healing at Rodeph Shalom

Debbie Friedman’s (of blessed memory) pursuit of relevance and meaning, written about in the last post, “Debbie Friedman: A Spiritual Legacy,” is not only an inspiration, but also a challenge. As Pirke Avot, the Wisdom of Our Sages, instructs us to do, she “turned the text over and over again,” to rediscover...

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Debbie Friedman: A Spiritual Legacy

I remember a family car ride to the end of Long Island.  I was 15 years old and my father decided it was his mission for me to become involved in the Jewish youth group.  So he played a cassette tape over and over until I agreed.  My family sat...

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A House of Prayer: Jewish Prayer and Spiritual Community

by Rabbi Jill Maderer “My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All People.”  All people?  What does the prophet Isaiah mean when he says “all people?”  We typically understand this phrase to be a sign of welcome into the sanctuary, and it certainly is!  Yet, this summer,...

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Hanukkah Candlelighting Blessings

As we thank God for the miracles of light and of freedom, have a Happy Hanukkah!  For instructions, text and audio of the Hanukkah blessings, click here.  And please join us for Shabbat Hanukkah Services  on the first night of Hanukkah, this Friday, December 11.

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