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Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Yom Kippur 5779
September 18, 2018

Every year on Yom Kippur I come up here and joke about him: the handsome, smart, long-suffering man in my life. Tonight I thought I should say thank you to Shelly. Thank you for marrying me on August 18, 1979, 39 years ago last month. Thank you for letting me keep the window a little bit open even on those chilly nights, and for humoring me in oh-so-many ways. Thank you for your wit and wisdom and your ever-generous heart. Thank you for giving me two beautiful daughters and for being the world’s most adoring Saba. Thank you for standing...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
September 14, 2018
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 10, 2018

Ever go on line and see those ubiquitous click bait headlines?  The ones that are hard to ignore even as you know you are entering a rabbit hole of time waste and anger.   Depending on our hobbies and habits, we all get different ones and it’s hard to stay away.  Here are some of mine. New report on the top 5 best infields ever.  These 11 tips to get your toddler to listen to you.   How to lose 15 lbs by tomorrow.  Palo Alto homes under a million dollars.  1 trick to change your attitude and connect with your friends...

Bruce Ives
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 9, 2018

Good Yontif.  When I was growing up my mom had a good friend named Sue Lahm.  Sue was what you would call a “theatre person” – and by that I mean she was funny and colorful and wonderfully creative.  Sue never made it to Broadway, her stage was the annual Cincinnati JCC Spring Musical – an opportunity for song and satire.  I was too young to remember most of her plays, but I will never forget her masterpiece – “A Tsoris Line”.  You remember the premise of A Chorus Line – young singers and dancers sharing their life stories as...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 9, 2018

Earlier this summer, over the July 4th holiday, my family and I gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate my grandmother Dorothy’s 99th birthday. Surrounded by friends and family, there were four generations of Watenmakers present celebrating our family’s matriarch. My paternal grandmother, Dorothy, was born in July of 1919 in Chicago - she began her life as a preemie, born two months early. Her father died when she was only three years old, and so she and her sister, Ida, and mother, Flora, all moved in with her Uncle Sol (who she called “Unc”), Aunt Lena (Flora’s sister), and their...

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