by Rabbi Harold J Kravitz,
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Sermon, 5778
Earlier I mentioned that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which set into motion the creation of the State of Israel, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War that has brought Israel to the challenging place in which she finds herself. And of course this coming May will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State. There is one other less well known anniversary being observed this year that I think our synagogue also has good reason to acknowledge. In 2018 the Masorti Movement in Israel will be celebrating 40 years since it was successfully launched through efforts credited to Rabbi Michael Graetz, who for decades served as rabbi of our sister synagogue Magen Avraham in Omer.
Adath is deeply grateful to an anonymous family for donating $250,000 to expand our innovative engagement model with young families as well as young adults through Makom. It provides startup capital and builds on the success of relationships that are growing inside and outside the walls of the synagogue.
by Rabbi Aaron S. Weininger,
Rosh Hashanah Sermon, September 2017 / 5778
“God held me in the palm of His hand.” These were the first words Michelle spoke when I sat down at her bedside in the Emergency Room at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Michelle jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge the day before and survived the ten-story leap. I was the hospital chaplain on call.
D'var Torah by Joyce Orbuch
on September 23, 2017
So, is 83 the new 13?? I don’t think so… but Judaism does give us the opportunity to turn 13 twice.
The custom for having a bat or Bar Mitzvah at 83 comes from the verse in Psalm 90 which says, the days of our years are 70, or if by reason of special strength, 80 years. At 70, one can start counting again. Add 13 years and you get 83. Our age.
Adath is deeply grateful to an anonymous family for donating $250,000 to expand our innovative engagement model with young families as well as young adults through Makom. It provides startup capital and builds on the success of relationships that are growing inside and outside the walls of the synagogue:
I am so honored to be your new Hazzan, to be the shlichat tzibbur (prayer leader/ messenger) for this fantastic community. I look forward to singing with you as the weeks and years progress.
The High Holidays are a time to reflect, renew and refresh. It is a time where our souls are laid bare, our brokenness exposed – and the power to heal comes from the strength and vibrancy of this community, joining together in strength and song.
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