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Posted on September 13, 2019

20 Things to Appreciate for 20 years

While most of my classmates are marking 20 years in the rabbinate and reflecting on how the rabbinate has changed in 20 years, I have the remarkable gift of not only 20 years in the rabbinate but also 20 years here at Chizuk Amuno. Family – how fortunate I am, and my whole family is, 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 30, 2017

Music from the Amuno Minyan

Ashrei yoshvei ve techa, happy are we who dwell in this house! Happy because each of us may find a mode and medium of prayer that speaks to our heart. Providing multiple Shabbat services nurtures spiritual growth and encourages creativity and renewal in prayer. This past Shabbat there was a lovely and engaging service in 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 October 25, 2015

Sharing Shabbat

The second time I hosted a Shabbat Share meal at my home through Krieger Schechter, our guests were truly guests. Two families who were totally new to both me and my children. The hard working Shabbat Share Committee had, in their wisdom, matched us up. While I had never spoken to the adults before, in Continue Reading »

Posted on June 22, 2015

The Purpose of a Synagogue

What is the purpose of a synagogue? It is a Beit Knesset – a house of gathering. A place where people come together as a community, to be in community. A place where we can go when we feel the desire to be with one another. To gather to celebrate the most joyous moments of Continue Reading »

Posted on June 27, 2013

Crowdsourcing Sermons

Several of you told me that I taught you a new word last Shabbat when I mentioned summer “slippage,” meaning the learning loss that happens during the months when our kids are not in school. Today I might be teaching you another new word by crowdsourcing for help in planning out a sermon schedule for Continue Reading »

Posted on November 5, 2012

“Above the Crash of the Sea and its Breakers”

For the past several Friday nights, Psalm 93 has stopped me in my tracks. At the end of Kabbalat Shabbat, following Lekha Dodi we recite one final Psalm before turning to Ma’ariv. The Lord is King, crowned with splendor; The Lord reigns, robed in strength. He set the earth on a sure foundation. He created Continue Reading »

Posted on June 15, 2012

Calling all Summer Shul Fans

It’s that time again. Quiet summers at Chizuk Amuno, save for the construction noise. We know that some of you look forward all year to these special shabbatot in the Krieger auditorium. We dress down, we learn from interesting congregants, we enjoy new melodies and the luxuriously lazy feel of summer informs our prayer experience. Continue Reading »

Posted on November 24, 2011

Limitations and Desserts

When pastry chef Christina Tosi was asked by Bon Appetit how she comes up with her off beat but insanely good desserts for Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, she answered “Limitations. Restrictions help with creativity. You have to learn to make something out of nothing. How creative can you get?” In reading that last Continue Reading »