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Angela W. Buchdahl
The Hope: Israel (Yom Kippur 5775)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  October 3, 2014

Since it is Yom Kippur, I want to start with a confession: I really didn’t want to give a sermon about Israel. Especially in my first year as your Senior Rabbi. Read more...


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Mo Glazman
Kol Nidrei 5775

Mo Glazman  |  October 3, 2014

Mo Glazman
Lullaby of the Heart (Yom Kippur Yizkor 5775)

Mo Glazman  |  October 4, 2014

My paternal grandmother, whom we called Baba Gita, was a uniquely tough woman. She was trained as physical therapist in Soviet Lithuania where she and my grandfather raised my father Sam and my aunt Fania. She witnessed the atrocities of the Holocaust, and endless anti-Semitism in Lithuania, and then moved to Israel where she lived through several wars and intifadas and buried my grandfather.

Ari S. Lorge
Too Old for Fairy Tales (Yom Kippur 5775)

Ari S. Lorge  |  October 4, 2014

“Witches can be right, giants can be good.” Those are Stephen Sondheim’s words, written for his musical Into the Woods. For those of you who have not seen it or heard the music, Into the Woods explores our classic fairy tales through an adult, scrutinizing lens.

David B. Edelson
Yom Kippur Appeal 5775

David B. Edelson  |  October 3, 2014

Most Jews consider Kol Nidrei the holiest night of the year. Somehow, when we entered the synagogue this evening, we did so differently, more intentionally, than on other nights. We took our seats and knew, instinctively, to look inward and take stock of our lives.

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