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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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Wherever we gather, we have Community

On Friday night, August 25, 2017 TBI held Shabbat Worship and dinner at a local park.  We have held a couple of Kabbalat Shabbat experiences each summer in this neighborhood park.  It is such a great experience with over 200 members, prospective members and friends of members joining in prayer and Shabbat dinner.  It was…

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A Call for Peace and Community Engagement

On Monday evening, August 14, 2017, I had the great honor to stand in front of a crowd of residents of Skokie and some surrounding communities to address the horrible events this past weekend in Virginia.  Only 24 hours earlier, I had received a call from the new rabbi at Skokie Valley Traditional Congregation requesting…

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TBI welcomes new Director of Operations

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Amber Wood into our TBI professional staff team. Amber is our new Director of Operations. Among her responsibilities, Amber will oversee our office staff and maintenance staff as well as coordinate the smooth functioning of all the activities taking place in our building. She will collaborate with…

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