Cantor Mark Childs: Reflections on Reopening

Cantor Mark Childs: Reflections on Reopening Just in time to end their school year, the students from our Netivot program came together yesterday morning en masse, in-person, masked, distanced and very happy (see photo below). I can’t overstate my feelings of joy, after a year plus of interacting via Zoom, over being physically together. My utmost wish [...]

2021-05-24T17:07:23-07:00May 27th, 2021|

Marcus James: My People, My Place, and My Purpose

My People, My Place, and My Purpose  (Part 1) “Daddy, I have found my people, my place, and my purpose!” declared my eldest daughter Isabel (now Elisheva) over the phone from Israel. “I am not going to continue to Europe. I am staying.”   I found my daughter’s declaration intriguing. What was it she meant? Israel has been in the news all my life, but [...]

2021-04-19T14:58:46-07:00April 12th, 2021|

Janet Malki: CBB Leadership Institute

Janet Malki: CBB Leadership Institute When I first was contacted by Jill Feldman and Ashley Goldstein to participate in the CBB Irving and Marlyn Berstein Leadership Institute (LI) via Zoom,  I was hesitant for a variety of reasons. You know the excuses: time commitment, not being able to meet in person, concerns about future requests to [...]

2021-02-22T14:44:32-08:00February 22nd, 2021|

CBB Voices blog highlighted at Shabbat services!

CBB Voices blog highlighted at Shabbat services! We celebrated a special "blog post Shabbat" this past Friday, January 22. During the sermon portion of the service, Allan Morton, Judy Karin, and Phoebe Light (pictured here) read posts they've published on the CBB Voices blog. Editor Monica Steiner introduced the panel by describing this blog project [...]

2021-01-25T14:51:52-08:00January 25th, 2021|

Phoebe Light: Shabbat in the Time of Corona

Phoebe Light: Shabbat in the Time of Corona My relationship with Jewish life had always been, up until a couple of years ago, off-and-on. Jewish summer camp a couple of times. A Birthright trip. A year playing guitar at Hillel in college. Even a three-year stint living in Israel, not that I ever really explored [...]

2021-01-14T17:27:27-08:00January 14th, 2021|

Bryan Gindoff: A Silver Lining

Bryan Gindoff: A Silver Lining My wife, Verna, converted to Judaism this year and that has been hugely important to my own practice of Judaism. But Covid (with Zoom) is running a close second. A classic in the genre of every cloud having a silver lining. Covid has propelled us into celebrating online Shabbats with [...]

2020-12-07T15:07:52-08:00December 7th, 2020|

Daniel Sulzberg: Smile Now

Daniel Sulzberg: Smile Now From a global pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, and other challenges there is no doubt that 2020 has been a stressful year filled with change. From a Jewish standpoint, I found myself asking why would God let these kinds of things happen? Maybe it’s the world’s way of saying that [...]

2020-11-16T14:35:53-08:00November 16th, 2020|

Rabbi Steve Cohen: Two Abrahams

Rabbi Steve Cohen: Two Abrahams Shabbat Shalom! This evening I am thinking of our two great Abrahams. First, Abraham the father of the Jewish people, who lived about 4,000 years ago and whom we meet once again in this week’s Torah portion. And also Abraham Lincoln, who 150 years ago led the United States through [...]

2020-11-02T13:35:55-08:00November 2nd, 2020|

Elizabeth Mason: Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Elizabeth Mason: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Our tradition espouses an inspiring concept. It is as follows: supposedly those among us who pass from this life just prior to Rosh HaShanah are those who have purposely been detained by the Divine Hand. This is because our world has needed their influence until the very end of the [...]

2020-10-08T20:06:48-07:00October 15th, 2020|

Gary Linker: What the Pandemic Brought Home To Me 

Gary Linker: What the Pandemic Brought Home To Me  As a fairly typical baby boomer who grew up in a secular Jewish home in the Midwest, I learned about social justice and the need to give back at a fairly young age.  As a teenager I attended many conferences on civil rights and became a very [...]

2020-10-01T13:07:43-07:00October 8th, 2020|
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