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Farewell Sermon (Parashat B’haalot’cha)

Cantor Liz Sacks  |  June 8, 2012

Peter J. Rubinstein
Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat & Trustee Installation

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  June 1, 2012

?It was during a special meeting of this synagogue’s general membership held a hundred and thirty years ago when almost to the day, that the following actions according to the minutes of this congregation were taken: three new members were added to a committee to decide how best to provide the continuation of the chevra kadisha, the traditional burial society which congregations almost always would have, which were responsible not only for the care and the preparation of the deceased, the body prior to burial, not only for watching out over that body prior to burial, but a chevra kadisha was also to make certain that every member of the community was afforded a proper and dignified funeral and interment even and especially when they couldn’t afford it.

Michael S. Friedman
On Counting What Matters (Parashat B’midbar)

Michael S. Friedman  |  May 25, 2012



Some of us get very excited when thinking about this weekend. for a number of reasons.  Most importantly, Memorial Day Weekend—it’s always a Three Day Weekend!  And we say it like that or we think about it like that: three days.  Count ‘em.

Peter J. Rubinstein
On Justice (Parashat B’har–B’chukotai)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  May 18, 2012

As you can tell, this is somewhat unusual for us to not only have a d’var Torah between two aliyot, but to actually have two aliyot. There are reasons for it, not the least of which is that tonight we’re celebrating several, as you’ve seen, magnificent occasions.

Angela W. Buchdahl
Rules Are Jewish Love (Parashat Yitro)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 11, 2012

Sometimes even parents don’t always have a way to articulate why rules are important, but they have a strong sense that these rules will keep you safe and help you to be the best person you can be. This is Jewish love.

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