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Counting the Omer, Making Time Count: A Message From Our President & CEO

According to the Torah (Lev.23:15) we are obligated to count the days between Passover and Shavu’ot. Every night, from the second night of Passover to the night before Shavu’ot, we recite a blessing and state the count of the Omer in both weeks and days. The counting of 49 days is to rem…

Passover, A Time To Teach To The Miraculous

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory, once stated, “Pesach is the story of the defeat of probability by the force of possibility. It defines what it is to be a Jew: a living symbol of hope.” This quote so resonated with me. I believe that hope is part of our DNA and a contributin…

Resilience, The Ability To Thrive: A Message From Our President & CEO

Resilience...

We’ve had some promising spring weather this week which made me think of the budding trees and beautiful blossoms to follow. It is really quite a miracle that after the harsh winter season, nature thrives. This ability to thrive reminds me of the Jewish people who have survi…

Security Director Handles Various Tasks Protecting Our Community

If you ask Director of Community Security Chuck Green what’s on his to-do list, he’ll likely rattle off 10 projects that have him going in 10 different directions, working with multiple organizations and synagogues at one time.

Perhaps the most visible symbol of community security is se…

Shabbat Zachor, Shabbat of Remembrance: A Message From Our President & CEO

Purim for me was always the reading of the Megillah, noise at the mention of Haman’s name, and hamantaschen. I learned something new this week, that the Shabbat before Purim has a special name – the Shabbat of Remembrance - where Jews traditionally read a particular section of the Torah,…