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hope is my middle name

“Hope is my middle name. Really. Growing up I hated it. I...Read more...

"I Am A Different jew today"

I am a different Jew today than I was yesterday,” said 15-year-old Sophia Levin of Pittsburgh.  “Anti-Semitism is something that happened in history, that happened in other places.”1

No longer.

Yesterday’s brutal attack was the deadliest Anti-Semitic attack in the United States in history. As we were celebrating a bar mitzvah yesterday morning here at Temple Beth Sholom, those who had come to worship at the Tree...Read more...

Buy Me Some Time!

My colleague and friend, Rabbi Naomi Levy, tells this story in her new book, Einstein and the Rabbi.  She is remembering a time when her kids were little and her husband, Rob, was rushing around one morning, particularly harried trying to get ready for work in time to drive carpool.  They packed...Read more...

running from the storm

My cousin, Mitzi, in Houston just lost her family home in Hurricane Harvey.   The wildfires in Seattle, just caused my dear old friend, Shauna, to be evacuated. And our turn came this week, as the monstrous threat of Irma approached Miami Beach.   For the first time in memory, Shabbat Services at Temple Beth Sholom were cancelled because of the storm’s threat and our need to prepare. Like most of you, my family and I...Read more...

why i'm marching

On Monday, August 28, I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the day to participate in the One Thousand Ministers’ March for Voting Rights, Health Care, Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Justice.  Fifty-four...Read more...

be happy, it's summer

Some of you may be familiar with Dan Ariely’s column in the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal. He’s a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, and people write into him seeking advice on all kinds of social and behavioral issues.  My recent favorite — A man writes in:

“Dear Dan,

Have you found any small tricks you can use to make yourself happier?”

Ariely...Read more...

triggering activism

This was a banner week for Temple Beth Sholom’s Social Justice Network Advocacy. It started off on Sunday, Purim, when we collected 50 letters to Florida Senators Garcia and Flores protesting Senate Bill 140, which would permit open carry on campuses, schools and airports. We have now sent in over 150 letters.

On Monday, a small group of us met with Blaire Freedman, Sandy Hook Promise’s Miami representative. We were pleased to...Read more...

Fri, December 14 2018 6 Tevet 5779