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A Bike Ride in Israel – Journaling from Israel

DAY 1 I’m very fortunate this year to participate in the fourth annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) bike ride in Israel.  With friends to visit and new things to see, it is always terrific to be back here.  Over the course of a week we’re going to be riding well more than…

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Welcome to ShulCloud

Welcome to ShulCloud!  Starting on July 1, 2018, Temple Beth Israel Office Staff began using a new data management system called “ShulCloud”.  This new system gives our congregation the advantage of offering household accounts to each member household.  With this account, you will be able to update your own demographic information, sign up for events,…

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The Music of the High Holidays

Last Fall, I had the privilege of speaking at Presbyterian Homes in Evanston.  My topic was Music of the High Holy Days. Jews and non-Jews gathered in the Chapel of Westminster Place, as I sang and spoke about traditional melodies for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The staff recorded my session, and graciously gifted me…

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A Moral Emergency

A Moral Emergency Immigrant toddlers and children are being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers in an effort to deter more migration. The Jewish Community is particularly sensitive to governmental policies which inflict physical, mental and emotional harm on immigrants or others seeking refuge in our country. We know the dangers of…

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You were 9

Seth Kramer shared these words with his son on the day of Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah and has allowed me to share them with our congregation, as we all share our stories during this Centennial Year. For Aaron Kramer on his Bar Mitzvah – 4/14/18 You were 9.  9 years old when you told me you didn’t…

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Centennial Celebrations

  As a community of meaning, our paths intertwine on so many levels.  Part of the Centennial Celebration has been inviting members to the bima on Shabbat services.  Read the Words From the Heart of our membership, describing their Jewish journey and how their paths intertwine with the TBI family. 10/13/17     Jolie Rubin 10/20/17 …

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Reflections On A Memorable Day

12/18/17 “If you will it, it is no dream” Theodore Herzl Today was a special day in the 100 year history of Temple Beth Israel. Today our collective congregation and our collective community was able to deliver 460 holiday gifts plus hundreds of dollars in teacher supplies to Herzl School in Lawndale. If you will…

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If I had a million dollars…

If I had a million dollars… This opening line from an early 1990’s Barenaked Ladies song is one with which many of us can identify. Here at TBI we have our own version of this fantasy. We have lots and lots of programmatic ideas that often have to be relegated to our “wish list” because…

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American Peace Caravan

     During the week of Oct. 23rd, I was honored to participate in the American Peace Caravan – a conference of Rabbis, Imams, and Christian Evangelical Pastors – that took place in Rabat, Morocco. It was held under the patronage of King Muhammed VI of Morocco and sponsored by the Forum for Promoting Peace…

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The Optimistic Geniza

     “The Geniza looks half full!”  I overheard the shout from one of the hundred children as they walked by the Geniza that was dug to celebrate the Temple Beth Israel Centennial.  Each child was given the chance to offer a book into the Geniza.  Our entire community was welcome to contribute to the…

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