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A Taste of Life

04/16/2018 02:09:34 PM


The clergy and others in the Temple Shalom community offer their thoughts about Judaism and life in the weekly Taste of Life, a staple of the Thursday newsletter.

Wanting more and living more wisely

04/15/2018 01:04:07 PM


By Cantor Peter Halpern

We usually open our Shabbat Halleilu services with a rousing melody for the text from Psalm 150 – “Kol Han’shama t’haleil Yah” (“Let every living being praise God”). Psalm 90 has a very different tone, perspective and message. It is one which clergy often draw from in...Read more...

Growing, evolving, the Seder becomes more

04/05/2018 09:11:51 AM


By Becca Yudkoff

During Passover we spend most of our time in New Jersey with my in-laws and extended family. Having just had our third baby, I was curious how this was going to go down. We stuffed our mini-van full of all the essential and non-essential items, including an excess of diapers, too many pairs of shoes,...Read more...

Making the promise of freedom a reality at Passover

03/29/2018 10:52:12 AM


By Rabbi Allison Berry

On Sunday evening, 115 women gathered at Temple Shalom to celebrate Passover. This Seder, sponsored by Sisterhood, was a celebration of women’s stories and women’s voices. My favorite reading from this year’s Haggadah (the liturgy recited at the seder) was scholar Susannah Heschel's reflection about the...Read more...

The beauty of Vayikra, yes Vayikra

03/22/2018 01:39:31 PM


Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

Last week, we began reading Vayikra, Leviticus, which happens to be my favorite book in the Torah. Many might find this surprising, especially given that many understand Leviticus as consisting only of rituals, particularly sacrificial laws, the priestly cult and the challenge of impurities....Read more...

Successfully working together

03/15/2018 02:42:49 PM


Ellie Goldman

This week, we begin the book of Leviticus – Vayikra.  Each spring, as we leave behind the wild ride of family drama that is the story of our ancestors in Genesis and Exodus, I always find myself welcoming the structured monotony and legalese of Leviticus. Its clear authoritative voice is comforting...Read more...

Adding to the foundation of community

03/09/2018 08:16:05 AM


By Rabbi Allison Berry
I recently received an email from a member of our congregation asking if the Temple could connect her to other local Jews of Italian ancestry (send me an email if this is you!). She is planning to travel to Italy this summer with her two young daughters in order to introduce her children...Read more...

True listening to children

03/02/2018 12:02:36 PM


By Lucy Banerji
Jewish tradition holds that each child is born with infinite potential. Holding this belief dearly, I am disturbed by criticism targeted at the children who raised their voices in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas school tragedy. This is a matter of social justice. Too often children are viewed as...Read more...

Be strengthened and stay the course

02/25/2018 11:59:35 AM


By Peter Halpern
A few days ago, I was on the way into the locker room at my gym when I glanced up at a headline on the TV - “Peter Rabbit and allergy bullying.” I had been looking out for the opening of the movie because Nathan thought the trailer was cute and we had planned to see it. You may have read...Read more...

Seeking real justice, a moment of silence

02/18/2018 12:29:23 PM


By Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley
I drive my son to school most mornings. I am not exactly a morning person, but it is often the highlight of my day. The short ride is filled with precious moments of giggling, loud pop music and real conversation. As we pull into the circular drop-off loop, he gathers his...Read more...

Praying with our feet and healing the world

02/09/2018 03:11:09 PM


By Andrea Levinsky
“When we heed the call for justice, we are praying with our feet.”
At URJ Biennial, I heard Rabbi Joe Black sing his song, “Praying With Our Feet,” which is part of a new CD “Together As One: New Songs for Social Justice.” Based on a famous quote by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel...Read more...

Inclusion Month: honoring differences

02/02/2018 02:53:56 PM


By Emily Kieval
“For  my house shall be a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:5).

 At Temple Shalom, we are proud of our longstanding commitment to being a place where all are welcome.
Each February, along with Jewish communities around the world, we celebrate...Read more...

Learning from others and loving Passover

01/29/2018 02:04:28 PM


By Lynda Schwartz
I know from my own experience that preparing for Passover and hosting a Seder can be very intimidating, especially if you didn’t grow up Jewish.
When I was a newlywed, I wasn’t Jewish, but I wanted to support my husband Jay’s Passover observance. I knew that some people...Read more...

The Secret recipe

01/18/2018 10:23:13 AM


By Cantor Peter Halpern
Have you ever wondered why a tablespoon of sugar, some vanilla, flour, a raw egg and a handful of chocolate chips just doesn’t taste as good as a chocolate chip cookie? I, for one, have never tried to eat the ingredients separately, and I imagine I’m not alone. Most of us have times...Read more...

Deepening our understanding

01/12/2018 10:30:15 AM


By Rabbi Allison Berry
During the month of January, both Rabbi Abrasley and I celebrate milestone birthdays. Yes, I have heard the jokes about being “over the hill,” and I am now used to fending off questions about degenerating eyesight. But as these important dates approach, despite my own personal anxiety...Read more...

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