Category: Rabbi’s Blog

Live From Israel, It’s TBT!

Highlight photos of Rabbi Meeka’s 2018 tour of Israel.

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Before Our Group Leaves for Israel

My Dear Congregants, Before we leave for our Israel trip, please allow me a few moments of your time by reading this message: Friday is here. Everyone is busy planning for the long weekend, the celebratory “Presidents’ Day,” coming up…

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Va’era: What if this time we are the pharaohs?

Rabbi/Cantor Meeka Simerly

What if we are the pharaohs?

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A Hannuka Miracle

How 3 Rabbis from very different backgrounds have come together and listen to each other.
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Yom Kippur Day – Tikkun Olam begins with Tikkun Ha’nefesh

This is NOT a sermon about politics. Last year on November 9th, I woke up early from a restless night’s sleep and immediately ran to my computer to check the results of the previous night’s presidential elections. My email reaction…

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Kol Nidrei: Israel

On July 14th this year, Jason Shames, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, sent the following note: “Dear Friends, As many of you know, I am not a fan of former Pink Floyd bassist and front…

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2nd Day Rosh Ha’Shana: Reform Judaism

Boker tov, and again, Shana Tovah! As some of you may already know, in June I was accepted as a member into the Central Conference of American Rabbis, or in short – the CCAR, which is the Reform Movement’s Rabbinic…

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Rosh Ha’shana Day 1: Hayom Harat Olam & Chana’s Loss

Boker tov and Shana Tovah! We are about to engage in a very powerful climatic moment in the High Holidays, lishmoa kol shofar, the mitzvah of listening to the Shofar. Hearing the blasts of Shofar each year takes me to…

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Setting & Achieving Goals, Erev Rosha’sh

Rosh Ha’Shana Evening: Year Summary, Setting and Achieving Goals Sermon

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Rabbi Meeka’s Note on Charlottesville

From the Rabbi’s Blog…

“Our world is imperfect, and so we respond with hope.
Our world is full of darkness, and so we respond with light”
– Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesne

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