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Chizuk Amuno Congregation


We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we
believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.

We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as
we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.

Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to
offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below.
May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!

Bring on the Books

Someone asked me recently how, as a rabbi, I “celebrate” the end of Yom Kippur. Here’s my deep, dark secret — I read for pleasure. Yes, I build my sukkah; yes, I have a bagel and lox. But the real way I know that Yom Kippur is behind me is by the books on my nightstand.

During the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur I read almost exclusively (save for the occasional Sports Illustrated, Bon Appétit, or Business Week) in preparation for the holidays. Like my old friend who gives up Sour Cream and Cheddar potato chips for Lent, I give up reading popular fiction during the Yamim Noraim.

Late Saturday night after break fast, I come home and note with a smile the stack of new books next to my bed. If I’m not too tired, I choose the best looking one and read the first few pages before falling happily to sleep.

Please help and recommend a book for me to dive into this week. What’s the best fiction you’ve read recently?