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Shabbat Message: Finishing and Completing The Torah

Friday, September 24, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
We are coming close to the end of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah. We will finish it, but can we complete it? תּוֹרָ֥ה צִוָּה־לָ֖נוּ מֹשֶׁ֑ה מוֹרָשָׁ֖ה קְהִלַּ֥ת ...
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Book Review: Cultural Disjunctions: Post-Traditional Jewish Identities

Monday, September 20, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman

In Cultural Disjunctions, Paul Mendes-Flohr examines the reality that Modern Jews mix their Judaism with a wide range of other identities, or as Wendy Doniger puts it, (quoted by Mendes Flohr on page 22),   adopted “other people’s myths”.  His essential question is how can Jews create a robust identity that is fully engaged in the Jewish experiment but not exclusively Jewish?  

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Shabbat Message: Ha'azinu Parsha

Friday, September 17, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
יַעֲרֹ֤ף כַּמָּטָר֙ לִקְחִ֔י - תִּזַּ֥ל כַּטַּ֖ל אִמְרָתִ֑י - ...
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Tashlich at Home

Monday, September 13, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman, Andrea Wolfe
Are you looking for a meaningful rainy day activity with your kids? This could be a perfect time to explain Tashlich to them! What is Tashlich? Traditionally on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, (or, if one cannot get to it then, it can be done until Hoshannah Rabbah - this year Sept. 27th) Jews gather at a body of water to symbolically throw their sins into the depths of the sea by throwing pieces of bread into the water. This article offers ...
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Shabbat Message - A 9/11 Reflection

Friday, September 10, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
This shabbat marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. It is an opportunity to consider one of the outcomes of that very hard time. This Dvar Torah is dedicated to all of those who lost their lives on that terrible day. This week’s Torah portion, VaYeilech, includes the Mitzvha of Hakel. הַקְהֵ֣ל ...
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Shabbat Message - What It Means to Stand Before God

Friday, September 3, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Weekly Torah Portion ֶּאַתֶּ֨ם נִצָּבִ֤ים הַיּוֹם֙ כֻּלְּכֶ֔ם לִפְנֵ֖י יְהֹוָ֣ה ...
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Fall Open House 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Posted by: ERJCC

Come see what we're doing with the place! 

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The Past Twelve Months

Friday, March 12, 2021
Posted by: Joel Dinkin, CEO

A little over twelve months ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Scholarship Ball. A little over twelve months ago we announced that we were embarking on a major renovation project to transform the J. Twelve months ago, we informed the community that the J would close due to a virus that would define the days, weeks and months ahead for all of us. 

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5 Ways To Celebrate Purim @ the J

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Posted by: Rene Alvarez

Purim starts tonight, have you made your triangle-shaped foods? Got your costumes ready? Planned out your mishloach manot (sending portions to one another) and mattanot la-evyonim (gifts to the poor)? Saved the Jewish people from Haman? No? Well, we're here to help!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Purim with the J.

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New Beginnings, Then and Now

Friday, January 22, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran
Two weeks ago an angry mob scaled the walls of the Capitol Building. This week a peaceful transition of power took place at that very same building, reinforcing the bi-partisan, democratic process that has sustained our country for generations. The 2021 inauguration ceremony was like none we’ve ever seen in United States history for many reasons—25,000 National Guard units patrolling the Capitol grounds, 200,000 flags standing in as ...
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