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  • August 14, 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Friends,

      As the summer winds down, it's time for my annual Torah study letter.

      This year I'm happy to announce that we will be studying Torah with Rashi.

      We'll read the weekly portion with the sage considered the greatest commentator in Jewish history.

      We'll do so with the help of a wonderful recent book called The JPS Rashi Discussion Torah Commentary.

      Torah study begins on Sept 12, and a full schedule will be listed on the congregational calendar.

      Books will be available from me during the High Holiday book distribution on Sept. 10 (7-8PM) or from the school porch all the next day.

      A contribution of $20 is kindly requested.

      You may also order the book directly from JPS (1-800-848-6224) or online or Amazon.

      Torah study will be conducted via Zoom until further notice, and a Zoom invitation will be forthcoming.

      While not ideal, the many of you who completed last year in this fashion know that good learning and discussion ensued.

      Please let anyone you think might be interested know, and we hope to see you there!

      Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

  • August 13, 2020 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug. 13, 2020

    Dear Friends,
         Did you ever wonder why Judaism changed from a tabernacle based religion, to a Temple-in-Jerusalem based religion, to a synagogue based religion? 

         This week's Torah portion, and commentary to it, offers an interesting clue, which we will explore at our Zoom Shabbat  (7:30 PM).

          Our book club has been growing. Mark your calendar for the next meeting, Monday eve. Sept 14 (8:00 PM- note time change). The timely and provocative short story that I have selected has been posted at our website, so you can already read it:

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • August 06, 2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug.6, 2020

    Dear Friends,
         I recently read a devastating essay by a well-known London writer called The American Idiot which goes a long way in explaining not only why the pandemic is surging again but many other things happening in our country.
         Believe it or not, the roots of the phenomenon are actually addressed in our Torah portion, and I will discuss both the portion and the article at our Zoom Shabbat (7:30 PM).

         This week (or shortly) you will be receiving important information regarding the fall and Holidays, so please be on the look-out, and do not hesitate to contact me or Temple president Michael Fishbein with any questions or comments. 

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • 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.

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