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Posted on March 31, 2020

It Was Never About the Building

When the time came, we were very careful to say that it was our synagogue’s physical facility that was closing due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. The building was closing, but of course the synagogue itself was remaining open. The building closed its doors Thursday March 12 in the evening; our virtual congregation Continue Reading »

Posted on March 12, 2020

Congregational Coronavirus Update – March 12

March 12, 2020   Our Dear Friends:   When it teaches the mitzvot, the Torah commands us, “Ve Chai Bahem,” and you shall live by them. We are living in extraordinary times and out of a love for life and our fellow human beings we are making the difficult decision to close our building as of Friday March 13 at Continue Reading »

Posted on March 11, 2020

Important Coronavirus Congregational Update

Dear Chizuk Amuno Community, As you know, the circumstances around the coronavirus and how to respond change daily. We are meeting regularly to gather information from local, state, and national public health sources and to coordinate our response to the virus. As always, we are trying to balance the need to remain calm with a desire to Continue Reading »

Posted on January 26, 2020

Half Year Reset

In the Jewish world we are accustomed to the rhythms of a calendar year that marks its beginning in the Fall. It is the blossoming days of Fall in which we make our commitments for the year ahead.  With the backdrop of the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays) we make our promises and commitments that we Continue Reading »

Posted on December 15, 2019

Analyzing the Mitzvah of Purple Friday

This week, there’s been something of a Talmudic debate going on surrounding Purple Friday.  It’s taking place not in the halls of the Sanhedrin but in the Hoffberger Chapel and the Board Room during Parent Study Group. It goes something like this: Generally we wear purple on Friday during football season to show our support Continue Reading »

Posted on November 1, 2019

This month of Heshvan

As November sets in so does the Hebrew month of Heshvan. Traditionally, this month is referred to as mar Heshvan, or bitter Heshvan, due to it being the only Hebrew month without any special day. But now scholars believe that the term mar was always a part of the original Akkadian name and has nothing Continue Reading »

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 »