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Our Rabbi's Thoughts After George Floyd

06/05/2020 07:29:36 AM


To my Beth Am family,
I am angry. I am frustrated. I am absolutely outraged. Watching the footage of the murderous attack on George Floyd, makes meRead more...

Rabbi Weiner's Passover Message

04/08/2020 11:19:08 AM


My Beth Am Family,

“Mah Nishtanah… Why is this night different…?”

Such a ringing part of our Passover experience. We have heard these words Read more...

Shabbat Bashamayim Instructions - March 27th

03/27/2020 07:32:36 AM


Shalom Everyone,
I hope you are again excited to participate in Tefilah Bashamayim – Services In The Heavens (a.k.a. Services online). If you haRead more...

How Can I Help?

03/24/2020 12:03:06 PM


Shalom everyone,
I truly hope that you are doing okay. Perhaps by now, many of you have become accustomed to new routines. However, I totally undeRead more...

Cancellation of Test 2

03/18/2020 08:50:35 PM



Shalom Everyone,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say tRead more...

Instructions For Services This Friday Using Zoom

03/18/2020 07:15:06 AM



Shalom Everyone,

All of us are well aware of the need to practRead more...

Shabbat Shalom On This Special Shabbat

03/13/2020 07:03:03 PM


Shalom Everyone,
As the sun begins to set, we will celebrate the Shabbat apart from one another. In thinking about what that means for us as a sacrRead more...

Vandalism in Yorktown

01/04/2020 03:20:36 PM


Shabbat Shalom Beth Am Family, 
It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with all of you. Over the past 24 hours, there was a string of vanRead more...

Calling All Adult Learners!!! The Rabbi Wants You!!!!

10/02/2019 12:18:07 PM


To My Beth Am Family,
One of my favorite parts of my job is to travel on the journey of Bar/Bat Mitzvah with one of our young people. At the beginnRead more...

Shanah Tovah From Beth Am

09/27/2019 06:31:11 AM


To my Temple Beth Am family,

In just a few days, we will usher in the Jewish New Year of 5780. The great shofar will sound in synagogues around the wRead more...

Thoughts After San Diego

04/27/2019 06:21:12 PM


My Beth Am Family,
In case you have not heard, just a short time ago, shots rang out again in a synagogue just north of San Diego. Hearing this newRead more...

Rabbi Weiner's Passover Message

04/19/2019 07:17:43 AM


Dear Beth Am Family,

With Passover on the horizon, we soon will ask our questions, eat our matza, and drink our cups of wine, celebrating our peopleRead more...

Event At Out Local Islamic Center

03/21/2019 07:28:12 AM


Shalom Beth Am Family, 

As I mentioned prior to Purim, the story of this holiday reminds us that hatred and bigotry need to be confronted in all itsRead more...

A Purim Message After Christchurch

03/15/2019 10:59:14 AM


To my Beth Am community,
Again, I am writing to you after an act of hatred. Again, I am writing to you after someone viciously attacked a group in Read more...

Chanukah Wishes From Rabbi Robbie

12/02/2018 07:42:42 AM


Shalom Beth Am Family,

Tonight, as the sun sets, we will gather around our menorahs and light our first candles. We will bask in their warmth and gloRead more...

Where to go from here?

10/30/2018 02:33:39 PM


“To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Adonai.” – Micah 6:8

These words keep ringing in my ears as I reflect on the anti-Semitic atroRead more...

Responding to Pittsburgh

10/29/2018 11:02:33 AM



I write note this in the wake of the brutality and anti-Semitism that was unleashed on the synagogue in Pittsburgh yesterday morning. While tRead more...

Rabbi Robbie's Message

09/28/2018 01:08:51 PM


“To everything there is a season, a time for every experience under heaven…”

While most of us are familiar because the Byrds made it popular, iRead more...

Thoughts Before Yom Kippur

09/17/2018 03:25:18 PM


To My Temple Beth Am Family,

Tomorrow evening, our community, like other Jewish communities around the world, will begin the observance of Yom KippurRead more...

Shanah Tovah From Your Beth Am Family

09/07/2018 06:09:13 AM


To My Temple Beth Am Family,

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, many memories come swirling in my mind: the sweetness of the apples, the glow of the honey,Read more...

A Response To Those In Need

06/20/2018 11:43:04 AM


 “Love thy neighbor as thyself” – Lev. 19
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him.” – Lev. 20
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Passover Message From TBA

03/30/2018 09:31:04 AM


To My Beth Am Family, With the beginning of Passover on the horizon, I am reminded of an important teaching from the Seder. In the Torah, the Hebrew word for Egypt is the word mitzrayyim. Literally, this word means narrow places. This teaches us tRead more...

My Rabbi's Message

02/15/2018 12:08:58 PM


Dear Beth Am Family, Yesterday afternoon, sadlyagain, I held my kids close to me when they came home from school. I did this, if only to convince myself that everything was and will be okay. Yet, I am quite aware that there is evil and hatred inRead more...

A Message On MLK Day

01/15/2018 09:58:52 AM


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


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


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


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


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


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



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...

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