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October 3, 2019

Happy Monday, Chevrei!

We are just about finished with the aseret yemei teshuva, the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As we sing in services, "on Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it will be inscribed." This is a time of year steeped in more...

August 19, 2019

Dear Chevrei,

There are 42 days until Erev Rosh Hashanah. The office began planning for September
29th at the beginning of July, and were very excited to be getting things ready
alongside the clergy and board so as to provide the most comfortable and welcoming

July 15, 2019

Happy Monday friends,

Today is my very favorite day of the year. I have a tradition of talking to my mom throughout the day, asking her "am I here yet? What was happening now?" I eventually arrived around 10:30pm on July 15, 1986. I was so premature I didn't make it to...

April 1, 2019

Shavua Tov!

I've spent a lot of time lately mulling over what makes a home Jewish, beyond
occupants. Is it the observance of traditions and presence of ritual objects- a Kiddush
cup and Shabbat candlesticks, Mezuzot on the door, a Menorah during Chanukah? For
us, what...

January 7, 2019

Today is a very special day in my life as a staff member here at Emanuel. Three years ago today I walked into our building for the very first time. 

My first impression of Emanuel on January 7, 2016 was one of comfort. Many of you know that I grew up within the friendly...

October 29, 2018

On Saturday afternoon I was sitting at a pizza place on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain with some of my college friends, when my mother called and said: "Have you talked to your people?" I asked her why, and when she told me about the situation in Pittsburgh...

September 14, 2018

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

The Yamim Ha'Nora'im, the Days of Awe, are upon us. It feels like we're straddling two worlds here in the synagogue office; on one hand, we have celebrated the beginning of 5779 in prayer, song, and togetherness. On the other hand, we still m...

March 13, 2018

Dear Chevrei,
As our treasured space sharing relationship with CJDS draws to a close over the next
few weeks, you may notice some small changes throughout Emanuel. One of my
administrative goals for 2018 is to better store the miscellaneous Judaic items scattered

January 2, 2018

Welcome home. That's what the Emanuel Congregation sign outside my office window
says. It gives information on service times and our phone number, sure, but it also
signifies in the most simple, visible way the fact that Emanuel is an open and friendly
Jewish space.


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