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23 June 2015

My Jewish Heroes & Mentors by Justin Cooper

Posted in Summer Speaker Series

Shabbat Shalom

When I was asked or more accurately had my arms twisted to speak about “My Jewish Heroes & Mentors”, I thought that the subject would be one to easily be addressed. By the way Rabbi Azriel, due to the twisting of arms, you are temporarily stricken from my hero list!

In answering the question , my first thought was how have other people defined “heroes”?



03 June 2015

Reflections on a Traveling Torah by Mike Erman


MikeErmanTorah2-webShabbat Shalom..

Last December, when the family was in Oakland for Marshall's Bar Mitzvah, there was a discussion after services of the history of the Torah he read from and Emma will read from tomorrow. At that time Lori asked me to make some remarks at Emma's Bat Mitzvah to which I replied "you must be kidding, you know I am terrified of public speaking" ........... Lori can be tough to say no to.



05 May 2015

The Brandon Thomas Pursuit of Passion Scholarship

Posted in Temple Israel

BrandonThomasBeginning this year, we will be presenting the Brandon Thomas Pursuit of Passion Scholarship to two of our graduating seniors. Brandon was just shy of graduation from the Institute for the Culinary Arts when he died at age 21 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Brandon was passionate about his career choice and was a loving and caring friend to all who knew him. When asked to describe Brandon, his Mother Andie Gordman said, “Brandon had a passion for culinary arts, he knew from a young age he always wanted to be a chef. Thanksgiving was absolutely his favorite holiday and he couldn’t wait to help plan the menu and cook the meal.” READ MORE

05 May 2015

The Mitzvah of Being a Neighbor

Written by Rabbi Josh Brown

rabbi brownThe relationship of one neighbor to another supersedes politics and religion. It is, perhaps literally, just too close to home. We see our neighbors from our kitchen windows and over our fences. We notice when they neglect their lawn or celebrate their child’s birthday with balloons on the mailbox.

Our Torah makes no secret of the fact that human beings must honor our neighbors. The importance of the neighborly relationship falls no lower than the Golden Rule itself and the tablets God gave Moses at Sinai. READ MORE

06 April 2015

President's Report by Dr. Mike Halsted

Written by Dr. Mike Halsted

It is hard to believe that with the arrival of spring, the midpoint of my term as President of Temple Israel is quickly approaching. The High Holidays, Chanukah and Purim have come and gone, and Passover is here. It seems we hardly skipped a beat with the move and the congregation has seamlessly settled into continuing the traditions from our years at Cass Street, while also starting new ones at Sterling Ridge. I hope we all feel quite at home as we look forward to starting our third year in our new building in August.


27 March 2015

As I See It... by Rabbi Azriel

Written by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

I have never wanted to be a politician. What has always motivated me in my work is the desire to be an educator working in the field of values-based education.

Today, of course, because such is the way of the world, everyone among us Jews in the US and in Israel is talking about the political options and the mathematical options. The conversations about the election results have moved swiftly into the realm of how to build coalitions, the mathematical possibilities which still theoretically exist which could enable Yitzchak Herzog of the Zionist Union to betray most of his principles and become Prime Minister, and the horse trading that Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud will do to build the right wing coalition at the smallest possible cost to his party and the national coffers.



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