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December 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019
Posted By: Eric Gurvis

Dear Friends, I write these words as 2019 winds down to the start of 2020. With last night’s sundown, Hanukkah reached its end for this year. I was so gratified to be with so many from our community as we welcomed the holiday on the first night on December 22nd at Montenegro Square in Ashland. […]

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November Message

Friday, November 15, 2019
Posted By: Eric Gurvis

Dear Friends, Those who know me are familiar with the fact that I am often inspired by things I see around me which might otherwise pass unnoticed. One such source of inspiration comes from bumper stickers I see on cars as I traverse the highways and byways of our communities. Several years ago, I spotted […]

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2019 High Holiday Message

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Posted By: Eric Gurvis

Dear Friends, I happened to glance up at the sky last night, noticing the full moon. “Ah,” my rabbinic brain calculated, “it’s about 6 weeks now until Rosh Hashanah.” My glance heavenward comes in a week that has been filled with blessings, two in particular. A few nights ago, our community gathered at the Greenstein […]

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Rabbi Eric’s Introductory Message

Monday, July 1, 2019
Posted By: Eric Gurvis

Dear Friends, Shalom!  I know it may be a bit presumptuous to address this message as “dear friends” as I have not yet met most of you. But I can tell you, from those members of Sha’arei Shalom whom I have met, young and old, and the gatherings I have been attending over recent weeks, I am […]

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Rabbi Margie’s Farewell Message

Monday, October 8, 2018
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

8/24/2018 Falling in Love Seven years ago I stood before you for the first time – one month after receiving rabbinic ordination, one month before meeting Jeremy and beginning the journey that led me to have my own family.  I had become a rabbi to do faith-based social justice work, and assumed I would be […]

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This Summer, Support Those Not Feeling Too Sunny

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

I hope this season of blooming and warming is allowing you to spend more time outside, breathe a little slower, and soak up the sun. Yet, even as imminent summer activities urge us to be carefree, LIFE is still happening, sometimes in challenging ways.  While some of us may be romping in fields of dandelions […]

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March 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter Dear friends, I hope you are well! As many of you have likely heard, I suffered from a bad fall in early January, and have been healing from a concussion and skull fracture ever since. This experience has been challenging and sometimes scary, but has also made me appreciate our community even more. For […]

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January 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter Practice Self Care: It’s a Mitzvah! Dear Friends, Happy 2017!  If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you have recently made New Year’s resolutions.  According to NBC News, the top eight most popular categories of 2017 resolutions focused on self-care.  As I made my own resolution to go to sleep […]

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December 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Dear Friends, Today was the first snow.  I woke early for a work trip, and amidst my rushing out to the car, I noticed how quiet the world had become. I stopped for a minute and stared up at the sky as the snowflakes swirled around me, and I felt grateful that nature had reminded me […]

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November 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter Dear Friends, I write to you the morning after the election.  Trump will be our next president.  It should not be surprising that I am deeply disappointed and troubled at this turn of events, and concerned for our country’s racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural minorities. For me, this moment brings us three great […]

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