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Community Selichot Service

An evening of prayer, readings & musical inspiration as we spiritually prepare for the High Holy Days

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Important Pre-High Holiday Dates

Importaqnt upcoming dates!

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Yom Kippur: Ultimate Forgiveness

“What would you do if you woke up one morning, to find a huge swastika spray-painted on your garage or front door? How would you react?” That was a question posted in one of the rabbinic list-serve discussion boards to…

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Erev Yom Kippur: #MeToo

In the more traditional and Orthodox prayer books, there is a paragraph that Jewish men are supposed to recite every morning. It declares the following:  “Baruch atah Adonai E.M.Ha.O she’lo asani eesha,” “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of…

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Rosh Ha’shana, Day 2 Sermon: 9/11

I was just sitting down to drink my morning coffee back in California, trying to wake up at 6:00 am, when my sister called me from Israel—unusually early. “I wonder if she got the time difference wrong again?” I thought…

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Rosh Ha’shana, Day 1 Sermon: Shul

I’d like to wake you all up this morning with a funny short story I’ve recently read on Facebook: “A man decides to stop using social media. Instead he’s determined to make friends without the benefit of Facebook, but still…

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Erev Rosh Ha’shana Sermon: God

“Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students,” says the Talmud. As a rabbi and teacher, my students often ask questions that stump me. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE it! Being…

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Tashlich in Park

Cast away your sins for the New Year
Select to Learn

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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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