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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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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!

I’m Not Telling You Who I’m With

i-voted-2016And not just because that title ends with a preposition. But because it is totally and completely inappropriate for a pulpit rabbi or any pulpit serving clergyperson, to be with any candidate. As a rabbi, I am rabbi to every single member of my flock – those who want to make America great again and those who are stronger together.

That conviction was reaffirmed this morning at my poling place (shout out to all my fellow Fort Garrison voters) where I saw almost as many of my flock as I did on Rosh Hashanah. One young congregant was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, while another congregant was wearing pantsuit and pearls. Even if the candidate for whom I voted were any of your business (it totally is not), as your rabbi that does not factor. I am a private citizen. I exercise my constitutional right to vote.

Let rabbis and pastors talk about values. Let them teach from their faith traditions on the issues of the day. Let them illuminate political discussion through the light of their sacred texts. But it ends there.

Come Shabbat we will all be shul in our red and blue finery. Well, I’ll actually be out of town at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. But the shul I’m in, and the shul you’re in, needs to be served by a rabbi who is for all the people.

So you want to know who I’m with? I’m with you. All of you – the red, the white and the blue.