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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Day-to-Day Life

Posted on August 21, 2018

Welcoming Cantor Joel Lichterman

I want to welcome Cantor Joel Lichterman, a colleague and soon to be close friend, to our Chizuk Amuno mishpacha. The cantorial search committee and Rabbi Gruenberg used foresight and wisdom to hire a seasoned mentch. Cantor Lichterman is a generational Hazzan steeped in the most noble aspects of our traditions. We share so much 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 July 4, 2018

Welcome Rabbi Gruenberg and Family

On July 5th, Chizuk Amuno, will be blessed to welcome its 8th Senior Rabbi since 1871. Just as Rabbi Zaiman and I were both blessed to serve our beloved congregation for 21 years may Rabbi Gruenberg’s tenure be at least that! With HaShem’s blessing may every member of Chizuk Amuno experience the warmth, caring and 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 30, 2018

A Kavanah from our retiring Hazzan for Passover

If we had only filmed our Seder table in the late 60’s you would have seen our late father Cantor Ivan Perlman proudly holding his Kiddush Cup extended in his large hand. It almost seemed to “part the table down the middle.” With an imperceptible motion of his eyes he conducted the moments his four Continue Reading »

Posted on March 23, 2018

THE LADDER OF RELIGION

Hazzan Perlman’s Concluding Messages Almost daily since Chizuk Amuno announced my impending retirement you have taken me for lunch, phoned, emailed and texted. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I feel blessed and honored to have served as your Hazzan for over twenty one years. Today our beloved “record breaking volunteer”  member Marvin Spector stopped bye my 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 »