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Wonderful speakers coming to GJC!

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:10pm -- Rabbi

 

With our visitors from Beit HaGefen in Haifa last Shabbat for the Charry Weekend, we began a series of exciting speakers that will be continuing in coming weeks.  I want to encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from some amazing people whom we will be privileged to host in our community.

This Sunday: Benji Lovitt - "Exploring Israeli Society through Comedy"

Praying for renewal and rain: Hoshanah Rabah & Shemini Atzeret

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 3:19pm -- Rabbi

While I was singing the prayers of the Hoshanot with our Religious School children, the supplications we recite on Sukkot asking God to save our souls and our bodies, the question came up of why we do this.  Why do we ask God for renewal and, on Shemini Atzeret, for rain?  Are we going to force God's hand with our processions and our chanting?  Is God really only going to inscribe us for good if we ask again and again?

Passages

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 3:51pm -- Rabbi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Adonai shall guard your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for ever."

 

                                                    -Psalm 121:8

 

"Each of us is but a breath" (Psalm 39)

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:00am -- Rabbi
So close to home, our city has been shaken by the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 on the way from Washington to New York this past Tuesday night. It is hard to believe that this tragedy has happened less than ten miles from GJC, on a train-line so many of us and those close to us know well. We mourn the loss of Laura Finamore, Giuseppe Piras, Justin Zemser, Jim Gaines, Abid Gilani, Rachel Jacobs, Derrick Griffith and Bob Gildersleeve.

Mothers' Day for All

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- Rabbi
As we approach Mothers' Day this Sunday, I would like to share an adaptation of a powerful prayer composed by writer Amy Young. I was moved by the way the prayer names and calls attention to the varied spectrum of experiences within a religious community when it comes to mothering and being mothered.

Mothers' Day for All

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- Rabbi
As we approach Mothers' Day this Sunday, I would like to share an adaptation of a powerful prayer composed by writer Amy Young. I was moved by the way the prayer names and calls attention to the varied spectrum of experiences within a religious community when it comes to mothering and being mothered.

Mothers' Day for All

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- Rabbi
As we approach Mothers' Day this Sunday, I would like to share an adaptation of a powerful prayer composed by writer Amy Young. I was moved by the way the prayer names and calls attention to the varied spectrum of experiences within a religious community when it comes to mothering and being mothered.

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