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Elul – Witnessing Who We Are and Who We Are Not, Yet

Shalom Chevrei! Today is the 11th day of Elul. Elul is a vulnerable time for us - one that calls us to witness who we are and who we are not, at least not yet. It’s also a time for tikkun- for healing and repair, and a time for binyan- building renewed souls. Following last week’s incident of pro-Palestinian vandalism at Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, the Rabbi Dena Feingold has this to say: “We are advocates for justice for all oppressed people. We support the movement for Black lives, and we know that one person with a can of spray paint does not speak for an entire cause. We pray for Jacob Blake and decry the vigilante murders that took place a block from our synagogue two nights ago. Our

Changing Obstacles Into Opportunities

Emanuel Congregation’s Mission: At Emanuel Congregation, we open our doors to all who seek richer, more meaningful lives. Together, our diverse community engages in prayer, lifelong learning and tikkun olam (repairing the world), empowering adults and children alike to apply Jewish values to our everyday lives and to be a collective force for good. ******************************************************** There is no question, 2020 has been a year of concern, fear, and a lot of unknowns. While some more than others, everyone has felt the highs and lows of this challenging year. Despite this, there is one thing that has remained a constant - the Emanuel Community. While we are working in new w

Building Unique Relationships to Lifelong Jewish Learning

Come and Learn: The voice of God spoke to each Israelite, that means to each and every person God’s voice was heard and understood because the voice spoke to each individual person according to that person’s particular ability to hear and understand…to the elderly in keeping with their ability, to the young in keeping with their ability, to the little ones in keeping with their ability, and so on. (Midrash, Exodus Rabba 5:9) Since beginning my role as the Director of the Emanuel Congregation Religious School on July 1, I have been overwhelmed by heartfelt greetings and excitement from Emanuel’s staff, lay leaders, and school parents. I am thrilled to be here and joining such a warm community

A Few Words from Cantor Friedman, "Funny, you don't look Jewish"

Funny, you don’t look Jewish. The Black Lives Matter movement has made us all grapple with some uncomfortable truths. For one, admitting that we all have unconscious racial biases is painful. But even more disheartening is that we Jews harbor those prejudices against other Jews as well. Although we preach inclusivity, we are not always open or welcoming to Jews of color. I have to say that I come to this with an interesting perspective. My husband, Elias, is from an Indian Jewish family. When I was growing up, my parents had made their explicit biases clear. They wanted me to marry another Jew. So, when I brought home Elias, they were elated. The rest of the world however looked at us differ

Reflections On Tisha B’Av

Shalom Friends, Last week was the official observance of Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). As defined by Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Tisha B’Av is a “day of fasting and mourning, for the destruction of both the First and the Second Temple in Jerusalem is said to have taken place on that day. While other tragic events in Jewish history may have coincided with the ninth of Av, it is the Temple’s destruction (churban habayit) that dominates the day’s ritual and liturgy. Reform theology has not generally looked upon the loss of the Temple and the expulsion of the people of Israel from its land as a catastrophe to be lamented by liberal Jews.” Yes, it’s true. So many of us don’t mourn

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