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Different, But the Same

This is my final column as your Intentional Interim Rabbi (2018–2019), a chance to look back on the year past, and to peek around the corner at what is yet to come. “Much will be the same this year, and much will be different,” I wrote in my first column last fall. And so it…Read on →

Forgotten Figures

The theme of the March/April issue of The Bulletin was “Jewish Heroes and Heroines: Inspiration for Our Times.”   I’m pleased to share my column featuring brief profiles of two inspiring but forgotten figures of Union Temple. “Ask the Rabbi” sessions, which I held with our Second Grade, and Sixth/Seventh Grade classes, follow.    Adolph M….Read on →

Looking Back and Moving Forward

What better way to look backward and forward at the same time than to listen to the voices of our temple’s children. How much they have grown over their few short years. How blessed we are to know that they are our collective future! Over the course of my tenure at Union Temple this year,…Read on →

It is Forbidden to be Old

In 1969 Herbert Weiner, a Reform Rabbi who was generations ahead of his time, published 9½ Mystics: The Kabbalah Today. It won the National Jewish Book Award, and influenced countless American Jews including rabbis and future rabbis (yours included), introducing them to the Jewish mystical tradition. The book is a travelogue of sorts. Weiner visits,…Read on →

The Same, But Different

The Same, But Different That was the title of Rabbi Goodman’s Bulletin column last year at this time: “The Same, But Different.” If it was true then, when Rabbi Goodman wrote those words—preparing to lead services at Union Temple for the last time as your Rabbi before assuming the role of Rabbi Emerita—it is, kal…Read on →