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Posted on July 21, 2011

The Community of Atlantis

It was with mixed feelings that I read this morning of the return of the space shuttle Atlantis and the end of the shuttle program. There are moments that stand out in my mind and my memory, especially those moments of loss and tragedy. That Shabbat morning in 2003 when we heard of the space Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2011

36 Hours From Afghanistan

They barely looked tired. They had so many bags. And animals. And children. They smiled and some cried and some stared. But all were welcomed home. Last night a small group of us from Chizuk Amuno went out to BWI to welcome home our servicemen and women. We have been going about once a month Continue Reading »

Posted on April 4, 2011

Reclaiming Search for the Hametz for the Kinder

Dear Congregants, I am looking forward to extending a personal Hag Sameah to you in shul. If you get a chance please read the following article: Hag Sameah for now, Hazzan

Posted on March 1, 2011

Finding the Sacred in the Mundane

On Shabbat morning a gentleman came up to me and said, “I have a quick question, what’s mysticism?” I ducked the question (gracefully I hope) and promised to get back to him. Since then several more people have commented to me about our sermon/discussion last Shabbat based on Max Kadushin’s concept of Normal Mysticism so Continue Reading »

Posted on February 20, 2011

The Jewish Yale A Cappella Group at CAC

Please join us at Chizuk Amuno on Sunday March 13th at 11:30AM as we welcome Magevet, a Jewish, Hebrew and Israeli a cappella group from Yale University. All of its members are undergrads devoted to spreading beautiful music of the Jewish tradition to the far corners of the globe. Magevet was founded in 1993 and Continue Reading »

Posted on February 2, 2011

The Most Important Part of the Body

At a birthday party this past week, another parent was helping his kid and said something along the lines of, “The most important part of your body is …” and was waiting for someone to say brain. He’s a neurologist so that would likely have been the most obvious answer. But before he could finish Continue Reading »

Posted on January 7, 2011

A Night at the Museum

Full confession – I am not an artist. I don’t even play one on TV. It’s true I enjoy taking art classes (a shout out to my sixth grade art buddies at KSDS and our teacher Brina Pintzuk who will also be exhibiting in the show) but at home I mostly tinker with crafts -making Continue Reading »

Posted on December 23, 2010

The Israel of Our Dreams

Ein li eretz acheret gam im admati boeret. “I have no other country even if my land is aflame.” This Israeli song has been in my head and on my lips for the past two weeks. The images of the Carmel mountain range aflame brought back to mind this anthem from the 1980’s with its Continue Reading »

Posted on December 10, 2010

Conservative Judaism at Work

On February 20, 2008, a letter arrived in the mail from Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, stating that the Hazzan of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland was appointed to the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards. The deliberations have been joyously reminiscent of my early years studying in yeshiva. Continue Reading »

Posted on November 10, 2010

Jewish “Angels” Sing at the Basilica

A Disclaimer: On Novemeber 21 the Ravens have an away game at 1:00 p.m. that you can record. An Invitation: On November 21st the Chizuk Amuno Professional Choir and Hazzan will participate in a rare historic Baltimore community event at 2:00 p.m. that you can plan to be part of…. The angelic voices of our Continue Reading »