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Posted on April 8, 2015

Syncopation II

A dear friend and highly regarded actor, singer, guitarist and voice over legend, John Warren, will be the featured performer at Syncopation II on Sunday April 19th at 4:00PM. John has worked as a “Blue Eyed Soul Singing performer” songwriter and session vocalist all of his life. John is a Master Teacher of Vocal Technique Continue Reading »

Posted on February 26, 2015

Touching Your Lives

Take a moment and think about one personal experience that was important to you in your engagement with Chizuk Amuno. Share what this experience was and what made it memorable. This was the assignment given recently to a group at the synagogue and the responses were varied as they were touching. Several spoke of the Continue Reading »

Posted on February 12, 2015

Sam Glaser/The Light Still Shines On

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Sam Glaser/The Light Still Shines On It has already been two months since we hosted a Chanukah concert featuring the talented and versatile entertainer Sam Glaser at Chizuk Amuno. The concert, made possible through the generosity of Leonard and Phyllis Attman, hit a high note with the audience especially with a guest Continue Reading »

Posted on January 9, 2015

The Theology of Football

** This is a revision of a post from January 2013. Lucky for us, we have lots of January football in Baltimore. Black is the color I’m wearing today. It’s been a short week and I forgot to wear my usual purple. You would think it would be hard to forget with all the excitement Continue Reading »

Posted on December 9, 2014

Sunday the Rabbi Went to the Moon

It was a long flight, but I packed well, hydrated, and made it there and back in time to watch the first quarter of the Ravens game with the Brotherhood. This past Sunday the Rosenbloom Religious School second graders invited me to go to the moon with them. Their class is called Kochavim (stars) because Continue Reading »

Posted on November 7, 2014

Hinei Ma Tov

It began as a random email. A stranger reaching out across the net. A member of the Hamsptead Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who worked with a Chizuk Amuno member. The church was seeking a faith partner with which to engage in community service, might Chizuk Amuno be interested? Continue Reading »

Posted on June 10, 2014

Summer Reading

If there is a more luxurious feeling than lying in a hammock, or in bed, or on the couch on a summer evening and delving into a good book, then I don’t know what it is. As the warm weather begins, my reading list turns to a mix of High Holiday preparation and summer favorites. Continue Reading »

Posted on October 24, 2013

Happy Anniversary to All of Us

Had one of my senior colleagues not posted it to Facebook, I would have missed this anniversary entirely – such is the arrogance of youth. October 24th is the 30th anniversary of the vote which gave women the right to be ordained as Conservative Rabbis. As many of you heard two shabboses ago, 30 years Continue Reading »

Posted on February 3, 2013

A Blessing for the Ravens

Several weeks ago I wrote about the theology of football. I mentioned how many of you ask me to pray for the Ravens. You won’t be surprised to hear that the same thing happened numerous times over the Purple weekend leading up to Super Bowl. So let me repeat again what I said. I adore Continue Reading »

Posted on January 30, 2013

Lip Shtick

There is this well known teaching from Pirkei Avot that says, al tistakel be kankan, eleh be ma sheyesh bo. It means, “Don’t look at a vessel but rather at what’s inside it.” Or in other words, Don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I am not sure that the Rabbis intended that to be applied Continue Reading »