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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...

Reverend Claire Ranna
August 31, 2018

Once upon a time, my family, like that of many of the families here in Silicon Valley, might have identified as spiritual but not religious, though be totally honest I’m not entirely sure about the spiritual part. Up until I was about seven years old, Sunday mornings were for Dunkin Donuts and cartoons, and Friday nights were for little league and The X Files. But as I entered second grade, my mom began to feel a yearning for a community of faith. We lived in Shaker Heights, Ohio, which meant, among other things, that a lot of her friends were...

Joanna Tasch
August 17, 2018

Growing up, I was always taught to love Israel. Looking back, my early love might have had something to do with sugar being involved whenever we were learning about Israel. In Shabbaton we made sugar-cookie and frosting maps of Israel; friends would come back from Israel with  pop-rocks crackling chocolate; and some of the first words I learned in Hebrew were “glidah” (ice cream) and “oogah” (cake). When I was 5, my family traveled on the Beth Am family trip to Israel, and while I don’t remember much from our trip, I very clearly remember eating lots and lots of...

August 10, 2018

My name is Matt Glickman. I have been a member of this congregation for over 15 years. While we are regular participants in services, education, and community programs here, I may be stretching the definition of being a regular attendee. It made me wonder why I was asked to be up here today, and frankly even made me a bit squeamish. But I suppose I can take guidance from my grandfather, who starred in an annual city-wide review in my hometown’s main civic institution – the Cleveland City Club. He played the ultimate ordinary man – kind of like Richard...

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