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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!

Pirkei Rabbanut: Things Rabbi Zaiman Taught Me About the Rabbinate

This Shabbat we are marking the 50th year of Rabbi Zaiman’s ordination as a rabbi. In his honor I’ve come up with some important things that he taught me about the rabbinate. David Letterman might call them a top ten. We might call them Pirkei Rabbanut, Teachings of the Rabbinate.

He’ll likely never see them since blogging is not his thing. But as he will tell you (and much to his dismay) I tend to do what I want regardless. So here goes.

  1. Rav she mochel et kevodo, kevodo machul. A rabbi who surrenders her dignity, her dignity is lost
  2. Have many rabbis for myself
  3. Treat and trust my colleagues like family
  4. Occupy space
  5. Always knock before walking into the Robing Room
  6. Build something
  7. It’s your (the congregation’s) shul, not mine
  8. Real achievement deserves real praise
  9. Be smart, be kind, be beautiful, be compassionate, be authentic, be open
  10. The pulpit rabbinate is the most extraordinary, exciting, engaging, blessed “job”

Mazal Tov and thank you.