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  • July 30, 2020 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 30, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       Both ancient Israel and modern Israel are fixated on borders- just look at the Torah portion and the news.
       Should Israel be annexing the West Bank? 
       Has the point of no return been passed?
       We'll look at perspectives old and new at our Zoom Shabbat (7:30 PM) 

       For those who don't receive the Jewish Standard, here is a link to last week's cover story on our Ethiopian Jewish tapestry and the new children's book I have created based on it:

    Shabbat shalom,
  • July 23, 2020 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 23, 2020

    Dear Friends,
      At our Zoom Shabbat Service (7:30 PM) I'll offer a tribute to civil rights pioneer John Lewis, who I had the privilege to personally meet a few years ago.
        I'm also hosting the next meeting of the Zoom Adas Emuno Book Club on Monday (7:30 PM), which promises to be timely and provocative.

         Finally, I invite you to join the Zoom Reform Community Tisha B'av Service on Wed. (7:30 PM) with guest speaker Rabbi Amy Bolton.

    Links to join these events are in this week’s message from the Rabbi.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • July 09, 2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 9, 2020

    Dear Friends,
      The debate over facing ourselves and our history during this unsettled time is proving provocative and fascinating.
      This week I'd like to comment on the blockbuster musical Hamilton, which has just been released on the screen, in light of the current critique.

      Please note that our Zoom Shabbat  (7:30 PM) invitation has changed for the duration of the summer. See the email you received today for the new link to the service.

    Shabbat shalom, 
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • July 03, 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 2, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       This 4th of July feels so different, given the pandemic and the protests.
       At our Zoom Shabbat service (7:30 PM) I'll  speak about the reality behind that feeling, and invite you to share your thoughts as we approach a unique Independence Day.
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • June 25, 2020 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 25, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       What should we do with those Confederate monuments that are still standing? With monuments to past presidents who were slave owners? With explorers who were colonialists? Does Judaism, which is so concerned about memory and justice, help inform the debate?
       We'll discuss this at our Zoom Shabbat service (7:30 PM), which thanks to so many of you, continues to garner great support.
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • June 11, 2020 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 11, 2020

    Dear Friends,
        I am gratified at all the support for Zoom Shabbat (7:30 PM).
        This week we will continue our discussion of the protests that are roiling our nation.
         At our Zoom Book Club (7:30 PM) I will offer a special introduction on the enduring significance of the great philosopher Baruch Spinoza as prelude to the classic Isaac Bashevis Singer short story, The Spinoza of Market Street.

        A reminder that our Annual Meeting will take place (also via Zoom) next Thursday, June 18 (7:00 PM).

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • June 04, 2020 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 4, 2020

     Dear Friends,
        We are all in shock once again at what is happening in our country.
        At our Shabbat Evening Zoom Service (7:30 PM) we will relate to this in both our prayers and the sermon/discussion that will follow.
        I am gratified for your support of these services; last week we has some forty people in attendance.
        We celebrate the bar mitzvah of Griffin Lawrence at a Shabbat Morning Zoom Service  (11:00 AM). Mazal tov to Griffin and his family!
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    PS  The Zoom Shabbat Evening link remains the same.
           Prayer books may still be picked up from the bag on my front porch.

  • May 28, 2020 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 28, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       The holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown, which celebrates the giving of the Torah and when we traditionally chant the Ten Commandments, read the Book of Ruth, and eat cheese blintzes.

        Our Reform movement has some nice virtual programming that you can find at the URJ's website:

         We will celebrate the holiday with a special creative reading based on the Book of Ruth, at our Zoom Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).
         I am very gratified at the great start for Zoom Shabbat last week, with some thirty people in attendance.
         This week's service will feature a bit more English and varying melodies.
         And we will have a special guest musical appearance!

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    P. S.  The Zoom link remains the same. Email if you need the Zoom details.
  • May 21, 2020 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 21, 2020
    Dear Friends,
       As we move to our summer schedule we are happy to announce: Zoom Shabbat!
    Join me each week (7:30 PM) for 20/20- a twenty minute service followed by a twenty minute sermon/discussion.
        The weekly sign-in information was emailed to members. Check your email for that information
        Prayer books can be picked up from a bag on the porch of the religious school at any time.
        This week, in honor of Memorial Day, I will tell the story of a remarkable project to identify the graves of Jewish soldiers of WWII mistakenly buried as Christians.
         Each week we'll linger at our virtual oneg to catch up with one another.
         Zoom Shabbat! Try it; you'll like it.
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • May 15, 2020 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 15, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       This was scheduled to be a big weekend at Adas Emuno and it remains so.

        But first, here is my Special Shabbat Video Message #9 (and likely my last-see below).

         Our Shabbat Evening Confirmation Service (7:30 PM) will take place via Zoom (by invitation only to keep it small) and we congratulate our graduating 10th graders Blake Klein and Lilly Futeran.

         Our final Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM) will take place via Zoom as we conclude our year long discussion of "Turning points in Jewish History". 

         Our Religious School year also ends, with our Closing Ceremony (11:30 AM) on Sunday via Zoom, and I take this opportunity to extend my thanks to all who helped make it a success during our challenging time.
         This week we were able to install high speed internet in our sanctuary, and we hope to begin offering Shabbat evening services via Zoom next week. In a few weeks we will  install a high quality live-streaming camera system that will make possible an even better viewing capability.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

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