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Posted on October 29, 2018

An Important Message From Our Rabbis

Our Dear Friends, Shabbat is supposed to be our refuge. Our break from the mundane of the every day, and ascension into the holy. Sadly, today that refuge was broken in an instant. Today we are all a community of mourners as our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh pick up the pieces of their torn Continue Reading »

Posted on October 27, 2018

Our hearts go out to Tree of Life Congregation

October 27, 2018 As you may know, there was a tragic incident this morning at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless act of violence and to the congregation and community. Now is a time for our community to be unified and Continue Reading »

Posted on July 16, 2018

A thank you for your gracious welcome

Dear Chizuk Amuno Community,   It would be an abject understatement to say that this past weekend was perfect. Throughout last week I was religious about watching the forecast, and I was concerned as rain was a virtual certainty for Friday night. Apparently, we have the power here at Chizuk to stop the rain. Sunny skies prevailed Continue Reading »

Posted on May 14, 2018

Recognizing Gemilut Hasadim Volunteers

In the verses that we just read, bnei Yisrael are called avadim, servants, most particularly avadai, MY servants. God explains that God redeemed the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery for the purpose of doing God’s work. The people who are recognized here today are just a small representation of the over 450 Gemilut Hasadim volunteers who Continue Reading »

Posted on March 16, 2017

“Rabbi, I Have a Question”

  It is one of the things that make the rabbinate so very interesting. Every so often someone will call with an unusual question.  I’m not talking about the “Can I use soy milk on Pesach?” question which I get every year. I mean the truly unique questions which show the breadth and richness of Continue Reading »

Posted on March 7, 2017

“Just Such a Moment”

This week was the 52nd anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery in support of full civil rights for African Americans. It was with great excitement that I read the publicity for the anniversary and looked at the photos from the marches themselves and from the 50th anniversary celebrations with President Obama and some Continue Reading »

Posted on November 9, 2016

Planting Bulbs

I came to shul early this morning and left my door wide open to all those who might come seeking what a synagogue and community can provide. Krieger Schechter Lower School was just starting its day and after the Pledge and Hatikvah, teachers and children sang “My country, ‘ tis of thee, Sweet land of Continue Reading »

Posted on November 8, 2016

I’m Not Telling You Who I’m With

And 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 Continue Reading »

Posted on August 17, 2016

Beginnings

As the summer soon draws to a close, and a new school year and new Jewish year are soon to begin, here are six thoughts from different people on the nature of beginnings. Share the questions with your family or use them at your Shabbat or holiday table to inspire meaningful discussion about the nuances Continue Reading »

Posted on July 18, 2016

Condolence Notes

What can I do? That is a question that we have heard time and again this summer. One small suggestion: write a note of condolence to the Dallas or Baton Rouge Police Departments or the Castile and Sterling families. We will collect these notes from the Chizuk Amuno community and mail them on behalf of Continue Reading »