“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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Ani Kinor: The Rodeph Shalom Orchestra

Cantor Erin Frankel Back in October, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a profile of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I was amazed to learn in the article that Nezet-Seguin spends a lot of his free time listening to music that is not classical. He talked about...

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Addressing Poverty & Humger

From Rabbi Kuhn A recent study found that Philadelphia has the highest rate of “deep poverty” – people with incomes below half the poverty line – of any of the nations 10 most populous cities (Philadelphia Inquirer and Temple University Sociologist David Elesh analysis of the U.S. Census American Community...

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Shine Light into the Darkness of This Week

We write with heavy hearts, as we face the shock and sadness of terror and tragedy in Boston.  In a week filled with tragic events, we also grieve for the loss of life in West, Texas, the insecurity in Israel after more rockets were fired, and the insecurity here in...

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Progressive Jewish Values on Israel Independence Day

In celebration of Yom Ha-atzme-ut, Israel’s Independence Day, on Monday (4/15/13) Reform Congregation Kehillat Yozma, in Modi’in, Israel will provide a live broadcast of their Havdalah ceremony to conclude Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) and begin Yom HaAtzmaut, led by Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon of Kehillat Yozma in Hebrew and English, prayers...

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Struggling With the Tragedy in Newton, Ct.

By Rabbi Eli Freedman The Torah mentions the terms ‘widow’ and ‘orphan’ over fifty times.  It seems strange to me that both in Hebrew and English the terms for someone who has lost a spouse or parent are so prevalent, yet there is no word for someone who has lost...

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