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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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Day-to-Day Life

Posted on September 29, 2010

Angels in the Infield

The greatest choir directors in the world, during passionate choral conducting moments of liturgical masterpieces, experience an intense “feeling of oneness” with all of their choir members; their audience for the most part made up of perfect strangers and God in Heaven. We are blessed at Chizuk Amuno to have one of those rare choir Continue Reading »

Posted on September 22, 2010

If These Walls Could Sing

Friday Night October 29th the Chizuk Amuno Sanctuary’s walls will release its memories and sing in harmony melodies that have been sung by previous Hazzanim, choirs, grandparents, great-grandparents and even great-great-grandparents. A recent article (September 8, 2010) in the New York Times states, ” The Jews tend to have a deep appreciation, for example, for Continue Reading »

Posted on September 20, 2010

Bring on the Books

Someone asked me recently how, as a rabbi, I “celebrate” the end of Yom Kippur. Here’s my deep, dark secret — I read for pleasure. Yes, I build my sukkah; yes, I have a bagel and lox. But the real way I know that Yom Kippur is behind me is by the books on my Continue Reading »

Posted on September 14, 2010

Marc R. Kivitz

We are blessed that Marc not only dedicates his time to the Chizuk Amuno Professional Choir but for the many selfless acts of gemilut hasadim that he does on behalf of so many in the community. Marc R. Kivitz served as Law Clerk to the late Honorable Harvey M. Lebowitz, Judge of the United States Continue Reading »

Posted on September 3, 2010

Caitlin Vincent

Chizuk Amuno Congregation is so fortunate to have so many talented vocalists chanting our holy prayers with “musical precision” in the Chizuk Amuno Choir throughout the year. Caitlin Vincent Caitlin loves to reminisce about her family experiences. One of Caitlin’s favorite Jewish recollections is preparing Passover supper with her mother, specifically learning the technique for Continue Reading »

Posted on August 31, 2010

Weighing Your Words

We have become a culture of imposed sound bites and trivializing commercials. Word choices especially adjectives can be misleading and misrepresent the reality of the topic. When a friend or acquaintance loses a lot of weight we wonder to ourselves whether the dramatic loss was voluntary or due to has v’halilah health reasons. After a Continue Reading »

Posted on August 31, 2010

Thanks for the snacks

This morning, I walked into my office and found a bag of Baked Lays potato chips on my desk. That might sound like a kind gesture of nourishment, or a subtle hint to switch to low fat, except that they did not have a hekhsher (mark of kosher certification) so I knew exactly what it Continue Reading »

Posted on August 30, 2010

Albert Niedel

Beginning today this column will feature members of our incomparable professional synagogue choir. Many of you may not be aware just how illustrious and accomplished each member of our choir is. We begin with Albert Niedel. Mr. Albert Moshe Niedel is a Lyric-Dramatic Baritone who was born the first day of Rosh Hashanah on October Continue Reading »

Posted on August 22, 2010

Shanah Tovah from Iceland

Iceland. That’s where my thoughts went in preparing for the New Year. Over the summer as I prepared my annual greeting for those who attend services with me in the Krieger Auditorium I turned to Iceland. It was news to me, but apparently Iceland has a long tradition of ceremonies for inhabiting a new home Continue Reading »

Posted on August 20, 2010

A Synagogue Service that Is an Hour Long but Lasts for Eternity

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak overwhelmed by the suffering of the Jewish people stands before the Almighty on the “Holiest of Days” and calls God to stand on trial. Levi Yitzhak asks the question “what does HaShem want from His people?” Last night during dinner with Leo Bretholz, the author of Leap Into Darkness, my wife Janice Continue Reading »