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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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Posted on May 7, 2018

A Year in Song

A Year in Song Last spring the Senior Staff went to the Zaiman Educational Alliance committee with a request for funding to enhance the musical offerings at the congregation and schools. Each had multiple needs united with a vision of bringing more song into our hallways, our prayer services and our classrooms. Over the course Continue Reading »

Posted on February 21, 2018

Our Children

I care deeply about my children. I care deeply about your children. I care deeply about the 563 children who are students in our congregational schools. My love for them and devotion to them keeps me awake nights, last Wednesday night in particular.   Did you lie awake thinking about them, wondering how people who care Continue Reading »

Posted on October 30, 2017


On Monday morning, October 30th, KSDS celebrated the 36th day of its 36th year. All of the students and staff came dressed in their special commemorative t-shirts. There were showcases highlighting outstanding events from the past, and special events scheduled for the entire day. Stacey Thompson, the 36th Project Coordinator, carefully planned every detail. It Continue Reading »

Posted on August 29, 2017

A Sweet Year of Learning

It’s been a really wonderful first day of school for our Goldsmith Early Childhood undergraduates and our Krieger Schechter learners. When I walked the halls this morning I marveled at these tall, suntanned, smiling students who seem to have grown many inches since I last saw them in June. Some are now even taller than Continue Reading »

Posted on August 24, 2017

This Is How You Should Bless Your Children

Two years ago Rabbi Richard Camras invited me to his congregation in West Hills, California to do a Scholar-in-Residence weekend. There are two memories from that experience that I want to share with you. First of all, he was the same rabbi and mentsch that he was when he served our synagogue 18 years ago. 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 May 25, 2016

Building and Being Built

It has been a week of learning new skills. On Sunday Jason Davidov taught me to rake gravel, on Monday Michael Andorsky taught me how to use a drill, on Tuesday Chad from Leathers taught me to use a router and dig and measure post holes, and on Wednesday this rabbi took a few Advil Continue Reading »

Posted on April 6, 2016

A Modern Day Nachshon

There is a well-known midrash (rabbinic expansion) of the Exodus story which envisions the children of Israel at the edge of the Sea of Reeds. Despite God’s promise to safely deliver them through the Sea, they stand trepidatiously as the water laps at their toes. Knowing they must enter the water to fulfill their destiny Continue Reading »

Posted on January 4, 2015

Welcome Home Israel Travelers

Last Monday morning my phone rang before 8am which I figured was bad news. Imagine my delight when I heard many teenage voices yelling “Hi” into the telephone. It was our Achshav (9th grade leadership program with Beth El) students calling from Israel to say hello and tell me how terrific their trip had been. 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 »