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

My Spirit

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On December 7, 2018
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How might it be possible to have the Divine dwell with us and among us? In the book of Exodus, God commanded the building of the Mishkan, the sanctuary that would travel with the Israelites as they made their way through the wilderness to the land of great promise. Let them make Me a sanctuary […]
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Miracle

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 30, 2018
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On Sunday night, we begin the holiday of Chanukah.  In these moments, in our own day when we might feel like hiding or turning inward, the laws of the holiday command us to advertise the miracle. This means placing the Chanukiyah by the window for all to see. Maimonides Laws of Chanukah clearly states: …The sages […]
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The Day After

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 23, 2018
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  Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. This week’s portion is regarded as one of the most beautiful reconciliations of the Torah. It rivals the section we will read in a few weeks of Joseph’s dramatic revelation of his true identity to his brothers. But I don’t […]
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Alone

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 16, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. Perhaps it is the ladder, set on the earth ascending, heavenward. Or it might be the angels who move up and down the ladder. The dream is vivid and full of imagery and it all belongs to Jacob. He escaped his […]
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Struggle

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 9, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings. This week we have arrived to a pregnant Rebecca whose belly holds twins. After finally conceiving, the sons struggled within her. The Hebrew is yitrotzetzu. (Genesis 25:22)  We know that these two in her womb will set the stage for confrontation, deception, strife, and dispute. Jacob and Esau, these little babies […]
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A Broken Heart

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On November 2, 2018
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My heart is in the East and I am at the edge of the West. The philosopher and rabbi, Yehuda Halevi wrote these words in the 12th century as he tried to make his way to the land of Israel. His poetry expressed his longing to be there though he remained away from it. I […]
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Run! Don’t Walk.

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 26, 2018
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Run, don’t walk toward kindness. We regard Abraham and Sarah as the first to embrace a faith in God whom they could not see but could experience.  Last week, they upheld the summons from an unfamiliar deity to go forth. The promise that would await them was a great name and blessing, a motivational pull […]
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Your Story

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 19, 2018
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As we arrive to this week’s section of the Torah, we move from mythic truths to historic truths overflowing with stories of our ancestors. Last week in our Torah portion, images of Noah, the ark, the animals, and the flood filled our imaginations along with a tower built toward the heavens, though it was not […]
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A Message From Your Clergy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 12, 2018
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To Our Beloved Temple Israel Community, We write amid a moment of civic darkness to acknowledge the raw pain felt broadly and deeply within the hearts of so many within and beyond our community. We will not understate what we are witnessing, as American society risks the approach of what the great philosopher Martin Buber called, […]
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Messy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 5, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings as we make our way toward Shabbat. If the purpose of creation was to make order out of chaos, why does it feel like there is still so much chaos? Before God initiated the formation of the world, the universe had no form.  Darkness covered the deep and the shapeless spirit […]
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