Years ago, I remember having a bumper sticker on my car that said, "Hang in there. Shabbat is coming." I can hardly remember a week that I felt I needed Shabbat more than this week. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 11/11/2016 11:00:43 AM | with 0 comments

This we began the new Hebrew month of Cheshvan the one month in the Hebrew calendar that does not have any holidays or special occasions. At times, we refer to this month as Mar Cheshvan (literally "the bitter Cheshvan") since there are no days in the month that are "sweet" with celebrations. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 11/4/2016 10:21:05 AM | with 0 comments

As we begin the reading of the Torah again this Shabbat in Parashat Beresheet, we return to our beginnings, to re-read these stories, we are reminded of the classic tales of the creation of humanity, the relationship between Adam and Eve, their time in the Garden of Eden and the challenges of the first family in human history. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 10/28/2016 10:08:48 AM | with 0 comments

We soon will gather together as a community to usher in the High Holy Days, to listen to the sound of the shofar, and celebrate the start of another year.  
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 9/30/2016 9:38:48 AM | with 0 comments

The Jewish Center joins with Jews and pro-Israel supporters all over the world in mourning the passing of Shimon Peres z"l, the former Prime Minister and President of the State of Israel. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 9/28/2016 8:59:19 AM | with 0 comments

One of my favorite themes of the High Holidays is timing. By this I do not mean whether the holidays are early or late but rather the urgency to take care of things immediately. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 9/23/2016 12:28:53 PM | with 0 comments

As one who does not like to think of the High Holidays as early or late but rather right on time, even I have to admit this year that it is unusual to begin our High Holiday season in October. The calendar this year gives us an opportunity to spend more time in reflection and self-evaluation focusing on the important things in our lives.
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 9/16/2016 10:27:14 AM | with 0 comments

Now that we are past Labor Day and into a new school year, it is time for us to prepare for our New Year that will be with us in a few weeks. For centuries, the Rabbis have encouraged us to prepare for the High Holidays for the 30 days prior to Rosh Hashanah. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 9/9/2016 1:44:16 PM | with 0 comments

I am sure most of us are familiar with the old saying, "You can't really understand another person's experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes." 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 7/22/2016 12:05:00 PM | with 0 comments

I found this to be such a difficult week. When it began, I was feeling good because of our Shabbat and Shavuot programs and services from last weekend. But it was during the holiday that I first heard the shocking and tragic news from Orlando and when I began to read and watch the news and learn even more. 
Posted to by The Jewish Center on 6/17/2016 11:43:11 AM | with 0 comments

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