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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Day-to-Day Life

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 September 12, 2016

What’s Next???

On Sunday September 11th an august group of supportive members gathered at Beth Goldsmith’s residence to celebrate the storied successes at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. We are a vibrant congregation that begins with our youngest and most impressionable future leaders in Goldsmith and continues in our educational fabled KSDS. It began decades ago with the growth 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 »

Posted on September 13, 2015

Wrapped in Memories

A medium sized package arrived via Priority Mail with Hebrew postal stickers from Israel to our house. Inside the corrugated envelope was a large plastic bag with a typed note that concealed its contents. The note was from Rabbi/Cantor Eli Perlman, my eldest brother. It began “The Days of Awe are the perfect time for Continue Reading »

Posted on September 10, 2015

Velcro Sneakers

Like many of you, my waking and sleeping dreams have been haunted by the image of a small boy in a red t-shirt, blue shorts and velcro sneakers. The three year old boy Aylan Kurdi who was trying to escape Syria and drowned near a Turkish beach is younger than my own children. Also like Continue Reading »

Posted on July 23, 2015

A Mother’s Undying Love

It has now been a full week, day after day, night after night, that four sons, several angelic Hospice nurses, compassionate assistants, daughters in law, grandchildren and residents have listened attentively to the last breaths of a matriarch. All four sons are cantors like their late father who passed away five months ago. At her Continue Reading »

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