Inspiration from Rabbi Kosak and Rabbi Posen

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Two Jews, One Was a Role Model

After a long and full week, I sat down to listen to some Jazz and enjoy a can of sparkling LaCroix water—the grapefruit or “Pamplemousse” is my favorite. I pulled out this amazing recording of Oscar Peterson playing—and recreating—the Cole Porter song book.

From Bad to Worse – Parshat Chukat 5779

Regardless of your stance on how much immigration should be allowed or what that process should entail, the “solutions” we have for these families trying to escape life-threatening situations in their home countries are, in effect, kicking them while they’re down. Does this solve the root problem or take a bad situation and make it worse?

Rituals and Imaginary Walls: How Jewish Summer Camps Build Identity

This past week, our nation watched as the Alabama senate passed, and its governor ratified, a highly restrictive law that effectively criminalizes abortion. Regardless of whether one is in favor of abortion or believes such procedures should be banned, the decision ought to stun anyone who cares about the rule of law.

Pay No Attention – Parshat Korach 5779

One of the many responsibilities we have in any relationship – partner, parent, or coworker – is knowing when to allow people the space to vent their anger in a safe way and then help them put the pieces back together through dialogue and discourse. The hardest part is stopping ourselves from reacting and simply providing that space.

Putting a Face with the Name – Parshat Shlach Lecha 5779

In this week’s Torah portion, we’re given the beautiful lesson that perhaps there’s something more to a name than just an identifier. We have the power to change them, and sometimes they have the power to change us.

What the Future Will Look Like

Last night was our congregational Annual Meeting. While the meeting itself is a requirement of our bylaws, it is also an opportunity to hear from our lay leaders, executive director and clergy team. For those unable to attend, Rabbi Kosak includes here his speech in lieu of an Oasis Songs column this week. The gist is to provide his thoughts on what our Jewish future will look like, and who we will need to become to get there.

Fri 19

Kabbalat Shabbat on the Plaza

Friday, July 19 | 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Sat 20

Tot Shabbat (0-5 years old)

Saturday, July 20 | 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Sun 21

Young Family Berry Picking

Sunday, July 21 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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