What a week. I took the train back from New York on Monday and considered starting my sermon. But I’m superstitious. I decided to wait and feel what Tuesday actually felt like. And there has been a lot to feel. Everyone I have spoken to this week has been emotional; revealing disappointment, fear, grief in a raw way that we usually conceal from one another. Trying to figure out how to make sense of this, how to tell this story, how to talk about it in our families. How to sit at our desks, so many of us wondering what this means for the work we’re doing and the work that we’ve done. This week, we have suspended the conversational auto-reply to the question- “How are you?” And we’ve actually shared how we are. We’ve hugged more, had longer phone conversations, sent more text messages to check on each other, and more emails to friends starting to think about what comes next. And so many women are reminding each other that smart, strong women are still smart and strong and powerful. What a week it has been.
This week we read that God says to Avram, “Lech Lecha, may’artzecha, u’mimoladet’cha, u’mi’beit avicha el ha’aretz asher arecha.--Go, forth from your land, from your birthplace, from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you the father of this great nation and I will make your name great and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2) “Go,” says God, “Do not be alone, be with your people and you will embody blessing.”
Posted in Rabbi Goldstein
The results of this historic election are now clear and I offer congratulations to and blessings for President-elect Donald J. Trump. I echo President Obama’s remarks from earlier today: “We are all rooting for his success,” and “The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”
It is no secret that our congregation is predominantly (but not all) liberal and Democratic. I know that many of you are feeling hurt, confused, angry or all of the above. I also know that some of you and many across the country are satisfied by the election results. Indeed, members of my own extended family are on both sides of that divide. Our temple is not a political salon or think tank so I offer little assessment or explanation. However, our temple is a place of living Torah wherein no aspect of life is excluded. Our vision is: to be a congregation where members feel a strong sense of Jewish community; enjoy a personal connection with the temple and their clergy; are intellectually and spiritually engaged; are inspired, stimulated and challenged by the Reform Jewish tradition; and are building a strong foundation for the future. In that spirit, please consider the following.
Posted in Rabbi Roos
Don't Move to Canada, Stay and Be a Blessing
Message from Rabbi Roos to our congregation on the election of Donald J. Trump
“Oh – Once there was a wicked, wicked man and Haman was his name-sir!”
"And the Study of Torah is Equal to Them All"
Transgender Inclusion Sermon Text
Shabbat Hazon: An Opportunity To Do Good
L'Taken Et Ha-Olam: Our Mission & Our Privilege
SinaiCares: More Than a Slogan
We Cannot Rest on Our Laurels
Shabbat Shira: Jazz with Pizzazz
Strengthening Millennials' Evolving Jewish Identities
Kathie Rabinovitz SinaiCares Program
Creating a Community through Kehillah
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