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October 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends, This year, as I will not be with you in person over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, I wanted to share a Sukkot story for you to enjoy and share with your families. I thank my teacher Rabbi Nehemia Polen for sharing this tale, and my colleague Rabbi […]

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September 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Dear Friends, As we prepare for the High Holidays, I want to share with you a thought-provoking teaching from the Talmud I learned from my friend and teacher Rabbi Mishael Zion. In the school of Rabbi Ishmael it was taught: It can be likened to a shopkeeper selling [foul smelling] kerosene oil and [wonderfully aromatic] […]

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August 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

  On Love and Brokenness   Dear Friends,   As I write, it is a warm and breezy day outside. Summer is in full swing, and people in my neighborhood are walking leisurely, as if the rush of life has melted with the giant piles of snow.   For my August Newsletter, I was going […]

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July 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

Dear Friends, Below, we are reprinting my letter to our community about the massacre of nine Black brothers and sisters in Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th. Tragically, this event has sparked a series of hate-driven church burnings in Black churches across the South, and Black faith communities continue to live […]

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June 2015

Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

Dear Friends,   Last weekend, Jews around the world celebrated Shavuot, the festival that commemorates the giving of the Torah. I want to share with you some of what I taught last Friday night about the Book of Ruth, the main text we read on Shavuot. The Book of Ruth is one of the great […]

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May 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

Dear Friends,   As I shared with many of you at our mid-April service, Jeremy and I are overjoyed to report that we are expecting a baby girl, due October 2nd.   For the months before I shared the news, I spent much of my time at synagogue observing our Sha’arei Shalom families and imagining […]

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March 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

Dear Friends,   We are now well into the Jewish month of Adar, and Purim is fast approaching. For many of us, Purim represents a sort of Jewish Halloween, a time to dress up and eat sweets. For many Jews in traditional congregations, Purim looks like a Jewish version of Marti Gras, a time of […]

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February 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear friends, This week, we experienced an epic winter storm.  The roads shut down, the schools closed.  From my warm house, I looked out the window as the snow blew in every direction, eventually burying Jeremy’s car almost completely.  Yet, with central heating, electricity, and excellent public programs to remove snow, the storm was more […]

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January 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Rabbi’s Dispatch from Israel Dear friends, Happy New Year!  I am writing to you from the Holy Land, where Jeremy and I arrived this morning.  As requested, I hope to share with you some of our experience, to give you a taste of what it is like to be here. When we hear about Israel […]

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December 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear Friends, As I write, Thanksgiving approaches, with its promise of family gatherings, holiday traffic, and delicious desserts. As I shared at our recent Shabbat Circle potluck dinner, I recently learned a new twist on an old Thanksgiving custom. My colleague Rev. Viola Morris Buchanan shared that in her family, instead of just having people […]

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