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We are Jewish: Fighting back against anti-Semitism

10/09/2019 09:50:47 AM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

Like most of my friends and acquaintances in high school, I had a drab blue locker that was located far away from my home room. It was upstairs next to a long row of science classrooms. Everyone knew this was where all the Jewish kids had their lockers. They called it Hebrew Hall.


Building our Makom Kodesh (Holy Place)

10/08/2019 02:59:00 PM


Rabbi Allison Berry

When my father sold my childhood home, I cried. Never mind that I hadn’t lived there in 10  years - there is something visceral and real about letting go of a place where so many memories were made. And my dad is just like me. Over 50 years later, he still dreams of the row house in Worcester...Read more...

With hope in our hearts - Rosh Hashanah morning 5780

09/30/2019 01:06:50 PM


Rabbi Allison Berry

It was Micah’s first trip to Israel. As we boarded our plane in Paris, I told him I had a secret, which he would learn the moment we arrived in Tel Aviv. During the entire flight, he bounced in his seat, asked me a million questions and begged me to tell him what the secret was. I...Read more...

Sacred time connections - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

09/29/2019 01:53:03 PM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

“Disconnect to Reconnect.” (1) The tagline caught my attention. I clicked onto the website, and there it was, a getaway called The Digital Detox Retreat. Big bold letters frame a picture of people chatting with one another in a beautiful forest, nary a smart phone in sight. I scrolled down to learn more,...Read more...

Lights of Liberty

07/18/2019 10:00:03 AM


Rabbis Abrasley and Berry

Dear Temple Shalom Community,

Jewish tradition teaches that we must treat the stranger with great care and concern. We find this passage in the book of Leviticus, “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall do them no wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

We face a...

Between Our Souls and Our Breath

06/26/2019 02:44:42 PM


Rabbi Allison Berry

In Hebrew word for “breath” is intertwined with the concept of “life.” Early in Genesis, God breathes life into Adam: "Then God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." The final word of...Read more...

Sun, December 15 2019 17 Kislev 5780