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Share the Light: Rabbi Saroken's Thoughts on the Recent Antisemitic Attacks

Dec 30, 2019

The following is Rabbi Dana Saroken's response to a month of terrible antisemitic attacks, culminating with a stabbing of multiple people at a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York.

After spending Shabbat dinner this week at the Chabad in Colorado - these latest attacks feel more personal.

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The Other Side of the Flame

Dec 23, 2019

By: Rabbi Benjamin Shalva

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva joined the Beth El clergy in 2018 as an educator and a member of the congregation’s pastoral care team. He joins Rabbis Schwartz and Saroken and Cantors King and Blatt during Shabbat services on a monthly basis. Rabbi Shalva also teaches Adult Education classes and serves as Wisdom Leader at The Soul Center. You can meet Rabbi Ben monthly on Shabbat at Beth El, and at some Soul Center programs, like “The Spark,” a weekly deep dive into inspirational Jewish learning with Rabbi Dana Saroken and friends.

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Shine A Light

Dec 23, 2019

By: Brandon Chiat, Digital Media Manager

Picture a blustery, frigid night in December. The sun, having set long before evening traffic jams, gives way to a moonless sky. The wind hammers tree-branches against the window panes. But just inside that window shines the inviting glow of eight candles. 

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The Stranger

Nov 18, 2019

The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's Shabbat sermon from November 16th, 2019.

It was 42 years ago this fall that I asked my mom to drive me to the Oakdale Mall, in Binghamton, New York, where I walked into Tower Records and bought the first rock and roll album of my life. Knowing me as many of you do, you might be surprised to find out that that record was not a Grateful Dead album – it would be another year or so before I began to get into the Grateful Dead. Instead, the record was Billy Joel’s ‘The Stranger.’  

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Strong Winds

Nov 18, 2019

With a promise of winter a stiff and chilly wind blew in from the east this morning, doing its best to wrest the last leaves off the trees and drying the ground from last night’s rain. I stood for a time at an upstairs window looking out over our back yard. My eyes were level with the tops of the trees. The evergreens and the giant willow at the edge of our yard bent and flowed with the gusts, an elegant and ancient dance.

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Shining A Light

Nov 18, 2019

The following is a text-version of the remarks Rabbi Steve Schwartz delivered before the special performance of Freedom Song, a play that explores the issue of addiction in the Jewish community.  

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Changing Clocks

Nov 18, 2019

By: Rabbi Steve Schwartz

It has always been a bit odd to me that we decide, on a given night in early November, to just switch the time on our clocks, setting them back an hour.  And then, in the spring, to change them all back. Is time that malleable? Is our power over time that simple? It is just a matter of getting everyone to agree, to be on the same page. Yes, OK, on that night we’ll all do it, and then the time will be what we say it is.

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Changing Clocks

Nov 18, 2019

By: Rabbi Steve Schwartz

It has always been a bit odd to me that we decide, on a given night in early November, to just switch the time on our clocks, setting them back an hour.  And then, in the spring, to change them all back. Is time that malleable? Is our power over time that simple? It is just a matter of getting everyone to agree, to be on the same page. Yes, OK, on that night we’ll all do it, and then the time will be what we say it is.

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