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What Israel means to me

07/20/2018 01:00:25 PM


Rabbi Allison Berry

Rabbi Berry delivered this talk at Shabbat services on July 20, 2018.

When I was in second grade, I won an essay contest. The Jewish Agency asked young people across the country to respond to one question – what does Israel mean to you? In retrospect, my family should have understood this as a...Read more...

Building Our Resilience, Restoring Hope

10/11/2017 11:06:08 AM


Rabbi Allison Berry

Rabbi Berry delivered this sermon on Yom Kippur Kol Nidre, Sept. 29, 2017
“We found Dave on the floor, lying by the elliptical machine, his face slightly blue and turned to the left. The ride in the ambulance was the longest 30 minutes of my life. We finally arrived, and they carried him behind a heavy door, refusing to...Read more...

Pursuing Justice, If Not Now, When?

10/11/2017 10:25:25 AM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

Rabbi Abrasley delivered this Yom Kippur Morning Sermon 5778 on Sept. 30, 2017
My friend, Rabbi David Spinrad, a rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta, called me the week I returned from my summer vacation. David and I were classmates in rabbinical school, and our...Read more...

Shinui Tov: Towards A Year of Good Change

09/27/2017 09:19:20 AM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

Rabbi Abrasley delivered the following sermon on Rosh Hashanah 5778, Sept. 20, 2017.
I discovered the music of glam-rocker David Bowie my senior year of high school. Or rather I discovered one song of Bowie’s, a classic he released when I was still a baby. I played it over and over and over...Read more...

The View From Mt. Sinai - Building Our Inclusive Community

09/25/2017 08:13:20 PM


Rabbi Allison Berry

Rabbi Berry delivered the following sermon on Rosh Hashanah 5778, Sept. 21, 2017:
The sun appeared on the horizon, and I could hear music in the distance. Hundreds of thousands of people waited at the bottom of the mountain. People hugged and sang and greeted new friends as if they’d known each other their...Read more...

Rabbi Allison Berry speaks at Joe Kennedy III Press Conference

08/17/2017 10:34:43 AM


This morning, Rabbi Allison Berry addressed Newton residents at city hall, following remarks from Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Congressman Kennedy and Rabbi Berry spoke about standing up to antisemitism, racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia in America today, in respect to recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and across the country in recent months. Read the full text of her words below.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III will be visiting Temple...

Statement on the Rally and Violence in Charlottesville, Va.

08/14/2017 01:26:11 PM


Dear Temple Shalom Community,
As the clergy of Temple Shalom, we are shocked and dismayed by the news of the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, VA this weekend.
According to reports, statements by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right groups included echoes of some of the worst times in our history. Sadly, this hate spilled over into violence,...Read more...

Sun, August 19 2018 8 Elul 5778