We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.
We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.
Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below. May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!
When the time came, we were very careful to say that it was our synagogue’s physical facility that was closing due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. The building was closing, but of course the synagogue itself was remaining open. The building closed its doors Thursday March 12 in the evening; our virtual congregation Continue Reading »
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 »
Growing up in suburban New York as the child of two parents from Philadelphia, I came to know the character of both cities from an early age. Philadelphia is a tough, hardworking, blue collar, lunch-pail kind of city, and New York is a vibrant and diverse melting pot that brings people together from all over Continue Reading »
Yesterday morning in the synagogue we spoke in the moments before Yizkor of personal and collective rituals, those actions and rites that comfort in their familiarity. Last night we engaged in what has tragically become a new ritual in our community, yet one that brings no comfort, only pain. Again we emerged from the collective joy Continue Reading »
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 »
October 27, 2018 As you may know, there was a tragic incident this morning at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless act of violence and to the congregation and community. Now is a time for our community to be unified and Continue Reading »
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 »
With sadness we have watched this month as Israel burns. Homes, businesses, fields, houses of worship, apartment buildings, playgrounds, absorption centers, restaurants and so much more have burnt to the ground or been irreparably damaged in the 1,773 fires that burned through Israel from November 18 -26. To give you a greater scope of the Continue Reading »
On December 31, 2015 I was honored to be invited to give the Reflection at the New Year’s Eve Interfaith Prayer Celebration at Saint Ignatius Jesuit Church of Baltimore. I spoke about “The Blessing of Knowing.” May the year be blessed in its going and its coming. Archbishop Lori and Father Casciotti, my gratitude to Continue Reading »
The soft, slightly melancholy music playing at my desk this week is from an album called “Shalom, Chaver: Goodbye, My Friend” a two disc set charity compilation of love and peace songs by Israel’s top artists in memory of Yitzak Rabin. It came out late in 1995 after Rabin’s assassination and I went looking for Continue Reading »