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January 13, 2020

Shalom Chevrei,

At the URJ Biennial held recently in Chicago, we had a chance to remember one of the great social justice titans of our Reform movement, Al Vorspan. Mr. Vorspan passed away within the last year, but not before he made a huge difference as a force for goo...

January 6, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Last weekend, we witnessed acts of violence perpetrated against Jews and Christians. This weekend thundered with the warlike drumbeats of international conflict. Angry shadows continue to cast their darkness; it’s hard to take a deep breath. But the one...

December 9, 2019

The following will be published in Chicago Jewish News on Friday, December 13, 2019:

Our human spirit battles numerous enemies within, enemies which render us capable of great harm. Racism. Xenophobia. Misogyny. Homicide. Genocide. Inherent in these evils is not just an...

November 25, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

In this season of gratitude, I want you to know how thankful I am to serve as your rabbi - and for the time being, as your Director of Jewish Learning & Engagement. I am particularly grateful to Cassandra Tenonbaum, who has joined our staff in a new posi...

November 18, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

Last year I wrote the following for Shabbat Chayyei Sarah, which among other matters, focuses on the life and death of Sarah and the power of resilience. Resilience helps us make loss matter.

     When a child dies or an innocent person dies or someone di...

October 28, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

I hope you are all well and enjoyed a meaningful holiday season. It was a blessing to see so many of you over the last month. It is always inspiring to pray with you and find meaning with you, as well.

I am proud of all our volunteers who made the chagim...

August 26, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:
There is so much on my mind - in fact, too much to share here. But, for now, suffice it
to say, I am sad that Tani Prell Epstein has left her position as our Director of Jewish
Learning and Engagement. While I feel good about her next steps at the Art I...

August 12, 2019

Shalom Chevrei,

I’m happy to be back from OSRUI. I enjoyed two weeks connecting with campers and
staff, helping them create authentic and inspiring experiences of mind, body, spirit, and
of Jewish virtue. Today, I include a blog entry I co-wrote with my fellow faculty

August 5, 2019

Shalom from Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in sunny Oconomowoc, WI!

What an amazing privilege it is to be here immersed in Jewish life with some 15 young
people from Emanuel--from chanichim (campers) to madrikhim (counselors). We are
having a collective blast a...

July 29, 2019

Shalom Chevrei,

I hope the summer is going well. I’m off to OSRUI for a couple of weeks and look
forward to writing to you from camp.

With the news replete with extreme ideas and zealous people, the Torah reflects the
power of the human spirit to return to its best mor...

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