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Chizuk Amuno Congregation


Posted on August 21, 2018

Welcoming Cantor Joel Lichterman

I want to welcome Cantor Joel Lichterman, a colleague and soon to be close friend, to our Chizuk Amuno mishpacha. The cantorial search committee and Rabbi Gruenberg used foresight and wisdom to hire a seasoned mentch. Cantor Lichterman is a generational Hazzan steeped in the most noble aspects of our traditions. We share so much Continue Reading »

Posted on March 30, 2018

A Kavanah from our retiring Hazzan for Passover

If we had only filmed our Seder table in the late 60’s you would have seen our late father Cantor Ivan Perlman proudly holding his Kiddush Cup extended in his large hand. It almost seemed to “part the table down the middle.” With an imperceptible motion of his eyes he conducted the moments his four Continue Reading »

Posted on March 23, 2018


Hazzan Perlman’s Concluding Messages Almost daily since Chizuk Amuno announced my impending retirement you have taken me for lunch, phoned, emailed and texted. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I feel blessed and honored to have served as your Hazzan for over twenty one years. Today our beloved “record breaking volunteer”  member Marvin Spector stopped bye my 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 May 3, 2017

The energy of Shabbos

After 20 years I can no longer begin the salutation to an article “Dear Congregants.” Now and forever Dear Friends, If you are in town on Friday night, June 2, at 6:30 p.m., please attend a spiritually, uplifting service that will take place in the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Amphitheater. It will not only be Continue Reading »

Posted on November 29, 2016

Israel is Burning

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 »

Posted on September 18, 2016


SELIHOT SERVICES SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 9:00PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW STARTING TIME FOR SERVICES) The beginning of the journey for the Jewish new year commences this Saturday night, September 24th at 9:00 p.m. in the Chizuk Amuno Sanctuary during a reflective, humbling, awe-inspiring service called “Selihot .” Many of the Selihot prayers were composed before the Continue Reading »

Posted on January 4, 2016

Happy 2016: The Blessing of Knowing

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 »

Posted on November 3, 2015

Shalom Chaver

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 »

Posted on September 13, 2015

Wrapped in Memories

A medium sized package arrived via Priority Mail with Hebrew postal stickers from Israel to our house. Inside the corrugated envelope was a large plastic bag with a typed note that concealed its contents. The note was from Rabbi/Cantor Eli Perlman, my eldest brother. It began “The Days of Awe are the perfect time for Continue Reading »