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Rabbi Sarah Weissman
June 9, 2017

After another news-filled week, I thought it might be nice to take a break from thinking and talking about American politics and instead focus on something less fraught: Israeli politics.  All kidding aside, this week marks a significant milestone: it is the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War.  To refresh all of our memories: Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1967, the nineteen-year old State of Israel was on the precipice of non-existence.   As author Yossi Klein Halevi describes it, “On May 16, 1967, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt evicted United Nations peacekeeping forces along the Israeli border...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
June 2, 2017

Parashat Naso 5777

Six years ago, on the morning of May 15, I was ordained as a rabbi. And while that was indeed a momentous occasion, which I had been dreaming of and preparing for for many years, I hadn’t anticipated just how profound a day it would be. You see, while I was on the bimah receiving my s’michah, my rabbinic ordination, my wife Amy was entering into labor. So, after the ceremony, instead of joining my classmates for our celebratory luncheon, Amy and I headed to the hospital. About twelve hours later, our son Ilan was born. And...

The Perfect Day: Sermon by Rabbi Janet Marder
Shavuot Yizkor Service 2017 | 5777
May 31, 2017

His father once called him: “the miracle which God let be born in Salzburg” – and indeed, his middle name suggests that he was a rare and remarkable soul: in German, Gottlieb; in Latin, Amadeus, beloved of God. One of seven children, only he and his older sister, Maria Anna, called Nannerl, survived infancy. When Nannerl was seven her father began giving her harpsichord lessons. Little brother Wolfgang, three years old, climbed up to the keyboard and began picking out thirds and playing chords. By four he was playing short pieces; by five he was composing. He was discovered to...

Rabbi Janet Marder
May 19, 2017

Dear Graduate,

Wow – you did it! You sat there under the sun in your cap and gown – a 21st century grad in 12th century attire. You sat there with rows and rows of strangers and friends -- all of you happy and excited and proud. You listened to the speeches, the words instructing you to reflect back and remember; to look ahead and dream. You did just that, and maybe you shed a tear. You walked up onto that stage and shook hands, accompanied by cheers and applause from the people who had loved you and supported you...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
Erev Shabbat Service
May 12, 2017

“When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months of radiation. We ate very well….  Our family feasted for months on the lovingly prepared dishes brought by friends from work and church and the neighborhood: chicken breasts encrusted with parmesan, covered safely in tin foil; pots of thick soup with hearty bread; bubbling pans of lasagna and macaroni and cheese. There were warm home-baked rolls in tea towel-covered baskets,...

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