Legacy

Yom Kippur address delivered by RS President Michael Hauptman on October 9, 2019. In 1810, four men, who for 15 years had been part of an informal minyan, met in a house on Race Street to draft the bylaws and articles of worship for the nation’s first Ashkenazic congregation.  Included...

Continue reading

Loyalty: To Bigotry No Sanction, Washington’s Slave Quarters, and the Holy Ground of Our Nation’s Struggle

Rabbi Maderer delivered this D’var Torah on Shabbat, 8/23                   Two days ago, the Reform Movement’s rabbinic arm released the following statement: “The Central Conference of American Rabbis is dismayed by President Donald J. Trump’s politically charged and divisive statement referring to Jews...

Continue reading

Staying at the Table: The Women’s March and Anti-Semitism

This week’s Torah portion, Bo, includes a text from the Passover seder.  Through my family’s seder table ruckus, I always hear the special emphasis my family reads in this part. “And you shall explain it to your child on that day: ‘It is because of what the Eternal did for...

Continue reading

90TH ANNIVERSARY

Yom Kippur Address delivered by RS President Michael Hauptman on September 19, 2018.  There’s a story in the Talmud about an old man planting a fruit tree by the side of the road.  A traveler walking by asks him how long it will be before that tree produces fruit. The...

Continue reading

Bring Your Lamp

Yom Kippur Address delivered by RS President Michael Hauptman on September 30, 2017. Language has always been an interest of mine; how language evolves, where words come from and how language provides a window into a society or culture.  So, a book I read recently, Aphrodite and the Rabbis by...

Continue reading

Pull the Next Woman Up*: Eager to Welcome Naomi Chazan

Have you seen the new Wonder Woman movie? I have been thinking about Wonder Woman this week, because of some recent news commentary.  The Israeli Woman who sued El Al airlines for sexism won her landmark case.  She had been told to change her seat because an Orthodox man wanted...

Continue reading