February 12, 2016

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Lessons from our synagogue
  • Prayer for the State of Israel

    Avinu She Ba shama’yim, Rock and Redeemer of the people Israel: Bless the State of Israel, with its promise of redemption. Shield it with Your love; spread over it the shelter of Your peace. Guide its leaders and advisors with Your light and Your truth. Help them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our Holy Land. Deliver them; crown their efforts with triumph. Bless the land with peace, and its inhabitants with lasting joy. And... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Hanukkah Message to Chizuk Amuno

    On Hanukkah we kindle lights to dispel the darkness. We brighten our lives with hope and happiness, family and friends. We give of ourselves to cheer others. We rejoice in the miracles of faith and pride in our Jewish heritage. Sharing all that we do at Chizuk Amuno also brightens our lives with hope and happiness. Together we give off light to dispel the darkness too often present in the world these days.  We celebrate and learn as a synagogue family and... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Anticipating Hanukkah

    Anticipating Hanukkah, do we understand what we’ll be celebrating? The Book of Maccabees describes that Judah Maccabee, moved by his faith and the death of his father Mattathias, led his brothers and the people of Judah in battle to reclaim and rededicate the Second Temple in Jerusalem in response to the religious prohibitions and anti-Jewish decrees of King Antiochus IV. The Hellenistic ruler had outlawed the study of Torah, forbade the observance of Sabbath... Read More

  • Stephen Pomerantz · Building Meaning

    I sat here in this Sanctuary several weeks ago at a funeral with many of you, and experienced communal pain as never before. As a congregation we cried together, were profoundly silent together and afterwards we lingered in the lobby and hugged each other. It was heartbreaking, ….and it was astonishing.  Just a few days later, I was a world away in a breathtakingly beautiful town in Alaska. I found myself standing at the town dock with my wife, Leslie, and... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · 40 Days of Awe

    We have begun our annual season of reflection and repentance. The Hebrew month of Elul, the last of the current Jewish year, is a time to look back on our deeds as we look forward to a new year for our lives. Midrash imagines that the forty days during which Moses was atop Mt. Sinai were from the first day of Elul through Yom Kippur. Forty days in God’s presence. Forty days to receive Torah. Forty days to establish the measure by which all of our days have... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Individual in Community: An Appreciation

    We can’t be the Jews we aspire to be alone. We need each other. We need a community filled with peers, with those younger and older than we are, with those of similar and different temperaments and perspectives. Jewish life wisdom teaches us to gather together. We who are rabbis, cantors, educators, and administrators may teach. We may be guides who offer Jewish inspiration along the path of life. Ultimately, we who serve a congregation are here to facilitate... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Shavuot

    Shavuot is one of the most anticipated festivals on the Jewish calendar. Anticipating this holiday we count fifty days. Described as the time we commemorate the gift of Torah, Shavuotcelebrates God’s revelation to the Jewish people. We prepare to approach such a significant date. That’s why we’ve been counting the days since Passover. We think and get ready to receive Torah anew because we realize that Torah is an actual reflection of God. The gift of Torah... Read More

  • Rabbis Shulman & Wechsler · Relief Aid for Nepal

    The recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal evokes many thoughts and feelings. Through the media’s reporting of this natural disaster and its devastation, we are all witnesses to the horrendous number of victims and stories of survivors who mourn them. Estimates worry that thousands more may have died while millions more require immediate humanitarian assistance. Deeply touched, we are concerned for their welfare and futures. We may ask why something of this... Read More

  • Bein Shoah le Tekumah · Between the Destruction of the Holocaust and the Establishment of Israel

    Life is lived in stages.  In as much as we experience moments and days, we live within stages.  Experiences are categorized according to when they are lived.  Milestones mark the beginnings and endings of these stages, but then we live within them, each with their special character that colors our memories of them. Our Jewish life is no different.  With milestones marking significant moments, both our lives and our years are divided into stages of living,... Read More

  • The Prophet Elijah · Rabbi Debi Wechsler

    For literally millennia, Jews have been asking one question about Elijah - When will finally get here? No one knows but even more than your in laws, he is the most delayed dinner guest in all of history. But while we wait, the challenge of Pesah is for us to be Elijah in his stead. We can do his work by bringing hope and by doing “good” for those who are poor and hungry and those who despair.  Let us do the work of Elijah. Let us bring our hametz to the foodbank... Read More

Today's Services

February 13 4 AdarI

Our Next Shabbat

Sat, February 13

9:15 AM Shabbat Morning Service

4:00 PM Study Group

5:00 PM Minhah/Ma'ariv

Fri, February 19

6:00 PM Oneg Shabbat/Minhah

6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

Sat, February 20

9:15 AM Shabbat Morning Service

10:30 AM Family Service

4:00 PM Study Group

5:00 PM Minhah/Ma'ariv

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January 16, 2016

The Courage to Look Forward

Rabbi Ron Shulman

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Prayer & Reflection

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  • May we see on every day what we usually don't. May we find the goodness and purpose we seek in our daily efforts. May God's presence...

    May we see on every day what we usually don't. May we find the goodness and purpose we seek in our daily efforts. May God's presence sustain us when we struggle and humble us when we rejoice. What we miss today, may we see tomorrow.

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  • With all in Paris and throughout the world, we grieve the loss of lives, praying for solace and healing. Denouncing these horrendous...

    With all in Paris and throughout the world, we grieve the loss of lives, praying for solace and healing. Denouncing these horrendous acts of terror, we pray that hatred and violence may cease. Joining with all decent people, we commit ourselves to increasing compassion, goodness, and justice in our lives and for our world. Amen.

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  • Welcome back to all of our students! We delight that you are here. We are excited for what you will learn. We are happy for your friendships...

    Welcome back to all of our students! We delight that you are here. We are excited for what you will learn. We are happy for your friendships. We pray the new school year will bring discovery and knowledge, fun and understanding. We wish parents pride in their children's growth and development. We wish teachers fulfillment in their dedication.

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