April 21, 2016

Chizuk Amuno Offices will be closed at 3 p.m., today, Thursday, April 28, and will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 29.


Thoughts & Teachings

Lessons from our synagogue
  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Tell Passover's Story and Ask Questions

    In Torah, God commands Abraham to walk toward the land he will be shown to become a blessing and a great nation. This is our ancestor’s spiritual liberation, freed from idolatry to know God. Generations later, when Abraham’s descendants are actually enslaved in Egypt they await redemption. Fleeing Egyptian bondage they set out in great haste. This is our ancestor’s physical liberation. We tell both stories at our Passover Seders. We tell the well-known story... Read More

  • Siddur Lev Shalem · A New Siddur for Shabbat and Festivals

    We are excited to announce the publication of a new Shabbat and Festival prayer book for use in Conservative synagogues. Siddur Lev Shalem, a companion to Mahzor Lev Shalem which we use during the High Holy Days here at Chizuk Amuno, seeks to invigorate the prayer experience, empowering individuals by offering clear instructions, explanations of the context of each prayer and transliterations for those who do not know Hebrew. In order to determine if we should... Read More

  • Prayer for the State of Israel

    Avinu She Ba shama’yim, Rock and Redeemer of the people Israel: Bless the State of Israel, with its promise of redemption. Shield it with Your love; spread over it the shelter of Your peace. Guide its leaders and advisors with Your light and Your truth. Help them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our Holy Land. Deliver them; crown their efforts with triumph. Bless the land with peace, and its inhabitants with lasting joy. And... Read More

  • Stephen Pomerantz · Building Meaning

    I sat here in this Sanctuary several weeks ago at a funeral with many of you, and experienced communal pain as never before. As a congregation we cried together, were profoundly silent together and afterwards we lingered in the lobby and hugged each other. It was heartbreaking, ….and it was astonishing.  Just a few days later, I was a world away in a breathtakingly beautiful town in Alaska. I found myself standing at the town dock with my wife, Leslie, and... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · 40 Days of Awe

    We have begun our annual season of reflection and repentance. The Hebrew month of Elul, the last of the current Jewish year, is a time to look back on our deeds as we look forward to a new year for our lives. Midrash imagines that the forty days during which Moses was atop Mt. Sinai were from the first day of Elul through Yom Kippur. Forty days in God’s presence. Forty days to receive Torah. Forty days to establish the measure by which all of our days have... Read More

  • Rabbi Ron Shulman · Yahatz - Breaking the Middle Matzah

    Early in the Seder ritual, we break a piece of matzah, wrap it in a cloth, and hide the larger portion of it for after our meal. In some of our homes, children steal the wrapped matzah from the Seder leader and wait for a good “price” to return it. In other homes, the leader hides the matzah and the children search the house seeking it and then return it only after receiving their prize. Everyone knows the Seder can’t conclude until we eat this hidden matzah... Read More

  • Four Special Shabbatot · Rabbi Debi Wechsler

    This past Shabbat was Shabbat Parah, the first of four special Shabbatot leading up to Pesah, the festival of witnessing. The purpose of the redemption from Egyptian slavery, the purpose of God’s intervention through the plagues and the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart in the Exodus narrative was, “So that you may tell the story in the hearing of your children and your children’s children.” (Exodus 10:2) We were redeemed from Egypt so that we might tell the story... Read More

  • Rabbi Deborah Wechsler · Parshat Tetzaveh

    From the first parashah in the book of Shemot, of Exodus, Moses appears or is mentioned in every single parashah until the very last verses of the Torah.  He is written in to every account, every interaction, and every command.  Except for this week in Parshat Tetzaveh.  This is the only week from the moment Moses is born until the moment he records the story of his own death that Moses neither appears nor is mentioned. The Sages suggest two reasons for this... Read More

  • Rabbi Deborah Wechsler · Parshat Bo

    On 4 occasions the Torah tells us to teach our children and instruct them in the path of Judaism.  Each of the four passages has a direct connection with Pesach.  Three of the four are found in this week’s parshah, the fourth later in Devarim.  They are tied to what we know famously from the hagaddah, ve higadata le vinkha ba yom ha hu, you shall tell your son on that day, saying it is because of this which God did for me when he brought me out of Egypt.” (Exodus... Read More

  • Rabbi Debi Wechsler · Parshat Shemot

    This week a hero is born, a savior, you might say. We read the very beginning of the Book of Shemot and are told of the birth of Moses, a baby so beautiful that his mother hides him from sight for three months. And when she can no longer hide him, she puts him into a wicker basket and leaves him among the reeds by the bank of the Nile River.  But no woman who has spent nine months waiting for the birth of a child would just leave him unaccompanied.  Va tay... Read More

Today's Services

April 29 21 Nisan

Our Next Shabbat

Fri, April 29

9:15 AM Festival Morning Service

6:00 PM Minhah

6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

7:40 PM Candle Lighting

Fri, May 6

6:00 PM Oneg Shabbat/Minhah

6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

Recent Sermon

April 16, 2016

Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart and Ours

Rabbi Ron Shulman



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Prayer & Reflection

A community generated wall of prayers
  • Hag Pesah Kasher v'Sameah! Wishing you a joyous and sweet Passover!

    Hag Pesah Kasher v'Sameah! Wishing you a joyous and sweet Passover!

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  • Anticipating Passover, we pray: May the freedom we will celebrate on Passover and the memories we will share around our Seder Tables...

    Anticipating Passover, we pray: May the freedom we will celebrate on Passover and the memories we will share around our Seder Tables inspire our efforts and guide our values from now into the future. May Peach be a Hag Sameah v'Kasher, a sweet and and meaningful Passover holiday for us all.

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  • With all in Brussels and throughout the world, we grieve the loss of lives, praying for solace and healing. Denouncing these horrendous...

    With all in Brussels and throughout the world, we grieve the loss of lives, praying for solace and healing. Denouncing these horrendous acts of terror, we pray that hatred and violence may cease. Joining with all decent people, we commit ourselves to increasing compassion, goodness, and justice in our lives and for our world. Amen.

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