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A Message On MLK Day

01/15/2018 09:58:52 AM

Jan15

Shalom Beth Am Family, For me, as a Jewish-American, I find a great amount of power and inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This extraordinary day bridges my Jewish values and my American values, synthesizing them into one powerful andRead more...

Get Out For Chanukah!!!!

12/14/2017 08:16:05 AM

Dec14

Shalom Beth Am Family, While driving in the car recently, Joshua spontaneously blurted out from the back seat, Do you know what I love most about Chanukah? What? Ellen and I asked, expecting to hear the traditional exclamation, presents. Ins Shalom Beth Am Family, While driving in the car recently, Joshua spontaneously blurted out from the back seat, “Do you know what I love most about ChRead more...

Display With Pride

12/12/2017 07:43:52 AM

Dec12

Shalom Beth Am Family, There is a wonderful tradition that Jews are not only commanded to light the Chanukah menorah, but they are supposed to display it in the window for the world to see. It is not enough to feel the glow and warmth of these holid Shalom Beth Am Family,There is a wonderful tradition that Jews are not only commanded to light the Chanukah menorah, but they are supposed to diRead more...

Celebrate Our Newest Lights

11/29/2017 07:15:56 AM

Nov29

Dear Temple Beth Am Family, I don't know about you, but I have been struck by how early it is when it starts to get dark. Dinners that used to include sunsets are now met by darkness. Meetings that used to feature fall colors, now display the coolne Dear Temple Beth Am Family,I don't know about you, but I have been struck by how early it is when it starts to get dark. Dinners that used to inRead more...

A Response to Texas - A Day of Mitzvah

11/06/2017 10:31:38 AM

Nov6

Mitzvah goreret mitzvah, aveirah goreret aveirah One good deed leads to another, while one bad deed leads to another -Pirkei Avot Dear Friends, Again, we wake up to a morning news cycle flooded with information about a horrific act of violence. Mitzvah goreret mitzvah, aveirah goreret aveirahOne good deed leads to another, while one bad deed leads to another- Pirkei Avot Dear Friends, AgaRead more...

Yom Kippur Morning: You Shall Not Hate

10/03/2017 11:13:56 AM

Oct3

I like short, quick answers, don’t you? It’s pretty obvious that our attention spans are pretty short. So, if you are wondering, “Why we are here this morning,” and, “What is the point of this holiest of days in the Jewish calendar,” let me offer you this short, quick answer: sins. Yep, I said it - sins, wrongdoings, places where we messed up, no no’s. In one way or another, that is what Yom Kippur is about....Read more...

Kol Nidrei Sermon: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

10/03/2017 11:08:12 AM

Oct3

 

Frequently, people ask me about how I come up with my ideas for my sermons. Now, if I was an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, the answer would be quite simple. I would look to the classic Jewish sources: the Torah, the Talmud and other rabbinic texts written thousands of years ago. But as a Reform Rabbi, things are a little different. I not only can choose from the...Read more...

Response to Las Vegas

10/02/2017 07:00:54 AM

Oct2

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Rosh Hashanah Morning: Lessons From Our Past

09/27/2017 10:52:20 AM

Sep27

The Jewish New Year is always a great opportunity for us to reflect on our lives. And when I look at the past couple of years and compare them to the prior decades, I would say that I am overjoyed. I am ecstatic about the now. Of course, we have political strife as well as the obvious natural disasters, but I really am happy about the era in which we live in. And the basic reason for my feelings is because of the simple...Read more...

Erev Rosh Hashanah: No Pain, No Gain

09/27/2017 10:06:07 AM

Sep27

 

In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to be honest with everyone here. I am a wimp. Yep, it’s true. Now, I’m not a wimp in all areas. Specifically, I’m referring to when I go biking. Simply put, there are two types of riders. There are those that ride to raise their blood pressure, get in some exercise, and enjoy their surroundings. And then there are those that ride, looking for that amazing...Read more...

Shanah Tovah From Temple Beth Am

09/26/2017 11:27:05 AM

Sep26

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Our Rabbi's Response To The Hurricane

08/29/2017 11:53:07 AM

Aug29

You shall not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds Lev. 1916 These words keep ringing in my ear, as I watch the images coming from Texas. I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that my neighbors are in need. Though they may live many miRead more...

Communal Gathering on Hatred - August 24, 2017  at 7pm

08/23/2017 09:39:29 AM

Aug23

 

“What is hateful to you, do not do unto your neighbors.”

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"Honor thy Father and thy mother"

05/22/2017 09:43:52 AM

May22

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passover message

04/12/2017 11:14:45 AM

Apr12

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special  Conversation

03/07/2017 12:49:08 PM

Mar7

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Purim is Coming!

03/03/2017 12:07:07 PM

Mar3

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mlk and herzl

01/12/2017 09:34:43 AM

Jan12

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Chanukah Message

12/22/2016 11:57:30 AM

Dec22

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diversity makes us stronger!

11/28/2016 12:06:16 PM

Nov28

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Post-Election Message

11/14/2016 12:03:50 PM

Nov14

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Passover Message from 5776

04/22/2016 10:11:39 AM

Apr22

To My Beth Am Family,
 
As the sun sets this evening, we all will sit and partake in the three thousand year old Jewish tradition of remembering...Read more...

Happy Chanukah from Beth Am

12/07/2015 10:41:16 AM

Dec7

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Yom Kippur - Life Moving Too Fast?

09/30/2015 10:32:02 AM

Sep30

           This High Holy Day season marks the beginning of my 11th year as a full-time Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. I vividly remember coming to the synagogue in my first days. I’m sure you guys can all imagine sitting in the office for the first time noticing all of the new and exciting things. For me, it was exciting because the office was filled with, pretty much, nothing. I mean literally,...Read more...

Erev Yom Kippur - old becomes new

09/30/2015 10:30:18 AM

Sep30

           So I know that our society has been completely obsessed with millennial’s and their effect on our culture, but this evening I want to talk about a different generation: generation X. Remember us, the kids who grew up on the Brady Bunch. In particular, I want to talk about music. How many of you here remember “The Metal Hair Bands?” Come on, admit it, you remember those loud...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah - Fiasco

09/30/2015 10:28:04 AM

Sep30

           Over the past few summers, I have had the absolute pleasure of seeing my children perform in musicals. Their shows are the outcome of the blood, sweat, and tears they shed over two weeks of rehearsals at their theater camps. It’s so great to see the kids up on stage doing their lines, singing their songs, and performing with great panache. Of course, at every performance, there...Read more...

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Control of Time

09/30/2015 10:24:29 AM

Sep30

            Since our kids were infants, Ellen and I always loved reading to our children at night. It is just one of those timeless traditions where we would cuddle them up in our arms while holding the book with our hands, taking them on a journey to a land described in the book. One of the books that my kids loved the most was Papa, Get Me The Moon by Eric Carle. It tells the story of...Read more...

High HolY days

09/16/2015 01:22:48 PM

Sep16

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June Message

06/18/2015 01:08:24 PM

Jun18

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Nepal

04/29/2015 12:39:23 PM

Apr29

"Do not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds."Read more...
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