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August 3, 2020

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 sai...

July 27, 2020

Words cannot express how happy I am to be back within the Emanuel community! I’ve enjoyed catching up with those I already know and love meeting the new (to me) faces. I hope to meet all of you over the next few months. Please know my door (also my zoom link) is always...

July 20, 2020

Shalom Friends:

I’m happy to report this evening we conclude our first foray into Shalom Hartman study. The Shalom Hartman Institute, headquartered in Jerusalem, builds its approach to Jewish engagement based on the vision that “great ideas, and the leaders who embody t...

July 13, 2020

I’m happy to welcome Sarabeth Salzman as our new Executive Director. Throughout the selection process, Sarabeth has inspired me with her warmth, purpose, and trustworthiness. I feel we are blessed to have her - again! Sarabeth and I have talked about how good administr...


As promised during Shabbat services this weekend, we are pleased to share two important updates and introductions.

Sarabeth Salzman, Executive Director
After working in non-profit management within the Jewish community for over 14 years, Sarabeth is excited to re...

June 29, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Most importantly, I am most delighted to introduce Mandy Herlich as our new Director of Religious School. Director Herlich begins July 1st. I feel blessed to have Mandy as a colleague. She is kind, creative, and organized. And, she inherits a school and...

June 22, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

I am thankful that we took another step forward this past Shabbat in our practice of inclusivity and audacious hospitality. I am especially grateful to Reuben Lewy for helping me mine the sacred content for our PRIDE/Juneteenth service and for assembling...

June 8, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Firstly, I begin with an apology for not using Dr. Maya Angelou’s proper title. I built my recent sermon and text study around Dr. Angelou’s wisdom, but I referred to her as Ms. Angelou. I am very sorry about not showing more respect.

Secondly, I am most...

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