March 26, 2021 4:20 pm

David Harrison’s “Memory And Meaning”

Just in the last few weeks,  I started watching the HBO show “The Leftovers.” It’s not really my favorite genre, it’s a paranormal story about people trying to resume their lives after 2 percent of the world’s population just suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. It’s a few years old, but I have found it oddly prescient […]

4:05 pm

Dr. Mishner’s “Memory And Meaning”

I remember so well March 13, two thousand twenty Life was good and we had plenty Then along came THE virus To sit down beside us Mentioning Tiger or Babe, you need only one name, Similarly with THE virus, you need not mention it’s the same I thought that this cruel joke would last a […]

January 15, 2021 2:08 pm

The Bitter Struggle For Hope: Remembering The Shared Philosophy Of Dr. Martin Luther King And Dr. Rabbi Abraham Heschel

On the surface, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel were very different men. Dr. King was an African American preacher and civil rights leader, while Heschel was a rabbi and professor from a Hasidic background in Europe. But upon closer examination, their lives overlapped in a variety of ways. Both men […]

September 10, 2020 8:59 am

Read These 7 Books To Deepen Your Understanding Of Race In America

Beth El hosts “Inclusion and Belonging: Jews of Color” (Thursday, Sept. 10th at 7:00 p.m.), a dynamic virtual panel discussion between parents raising Jews of Color, including Rain Pryor, who will share her story of growing up Jewish, bi-racial, and the daughter of the famous actor-comedian Richard Pryor. The event is free and open to […]

July 29, 2020 11:58 am

Beth El’s Guide To Tisha B’av

“As the flames went upward, the Jews made a great clamor, such as so mighty an affliction required, and ran together to prevent it: and now they spared not their lives any longer, nor suffered anything to restrain their force, since that holy house was perishing, for whose sake it was that they kept such […]

July 23, 2020 4:51 pm

A Reformed Neo-Nazi Skinhead To Speak At Beth El

Christian Picciolini was just 14-years-old when a man twice his age approached him in an alley. It was an encounter that would set Mr. Picciolini down a path of hatred and violent extremism.  “The year was 1987, and I was smoking a joint,” Mr. Picciolini recalled. “The man came up to me, pulled the joint […]

May 6, 2020 12:03 pm

Joining A Shul During A Pandemic?

It is not uncommon to get calls about membership at this time of year, as individuals and families begin to think about the High Holidays, school, and a new season of exciting programming at Beth El. We are very fortunate to have a healthy and robust membership and a thriving synagogue community for all ages. […]

April 29, 2020 12:32 pm

Advance Directives

In these strange and uncertain times, many of us have found ourselves confronting mortality in ways we never dreamed of. As we hear stories on the news and in real life of COVID-19 patients separated from loved ones during their last days, we are reminded of the importance of making our end-of-life wishes known to […]

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