Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Consider helping a Yazidi Refugee Family

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On February 27, 2018
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Please consider helping a Yazidi refugee family who has lived through an unspeakable nightmare. We’ve all seen the photographs of refugees being attacked in their villages by ISIS, living in unsanitary conditions in crowded camps, or huddled in small and shaky boats as they attempt to cross rivers or oceans. We mostly stand idly by […]
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Purim Wisdom from a Brand New Baby

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On February 25, 2018
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  • Clergy, gun violence, purim, Rabbi Jacobson
Nathan Yitzhak — It is with such incredible joy that we officially bring you into our awesome community — Over the past 12 weeks, we have called you many names – Nathan, Yitz, Yitzy, Boo Boo Bear — but there is something about having Rabbi Zecher holding you while saying, “May you live to see […]
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Why Purim?

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 23, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings as we make our way toward Shabbat, and then Purim on Wednesday night. Purim: Is its origin story true? Does it matter? How did it make it into the Biblical canon anyway? It may be a silly story, but doesn’t every governmental household have: An egocentric, maniacal, heinous person? A […]
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Breaking the Moral Silence

  • Posted by Suzie Jacobson
  • On February 17, 2018
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  • Clergy, gun violence, politics, Rabbi Jacobson, Shabbat, Torah
  (Sermon delivered on February 16, 2018, Temple Israel, Boston) (Image: Naples Daily News)   Take a moment of silence. Just one minute. Silence is a common human reaction to tragedy. A shocked silence. A silent grief. A desire to sit in silence to process a reality that has been shifted beyond recognition The silenced […]
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Extreme

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 16, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. Shabbat and refreshing our soul, vayenafash, go together. One important action is to breathe. Deeply. Slowly. Thoroughly. It is to rediscover that ability. It is part of what nourishes our inner lives, our souls. To breathe is to recognize the magnificence of […]
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Weigh In

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 9, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way to Shabbat. A Chasidic story with useful imagery: A man died and was brought before the Heavenly Court. When his wrongdoings and good deeds were placed on the scales, his transgressions far outweighed the good deeds he had done. Suddenly a fur […]
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Ready Torah Portion: Yitro

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On February 2, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflections as we move toward Shabbat. This is a week of the potential for magnificence. When history is written, rewritten, examined and re-examined, play by play, minute by minute, a narrative will emerge with new meaning. I’m not speaking of football, though I certainly could! How could anything […]
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