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Letting a Good Theory Get in the Way of the Facts

12/10/2018 03:04:33 PM


December 10, 2018 / 2 Tevet 5779


Dear Friends,


Emotions...

A Chanukkah Message from Rabbi Cooper

11/28/2018 05:51:24 PM


A Chanukkah Message from Rabbi Cooper


November 29, 2018 / 21 Kislev 5779

Dear Friends,

On Sunday night, we shall usher in the joyous festival of Chanukkah.  At the darkest time of the year, we light the Chanukkah candles each night as we tell stories, gather with friends and enjoy the traditional jelly-filled doughnuts,  sufganiot, (indulging more than we should, while using...Read more...

The Book of Remembrance and a word about this week's Shabbat

08/03/2018 10:14:32 AM


Dear Friends,

As we contemplate the meanings and messages of the upcoming High Holiday season, we reflect on the blessings in our lives.  We take note of our many gifts.  We enjoy good health, a modicum of prosperity and the good fortune to live in a country that cherishes and protects the many forms of freedom that characterize our society.  The High Holidays push us to the realization that...Read more...

Children Taken from Parents

06/28/2018 01:07:22 PM


June 28, 2018 /15 Tammuz 5778


Why Do We Go to Yad Vashem?


Dear Friends,

I write to you from Israel, toward the end of our 11-day synagogue trip. Like most Israel excursions, our itinerary has been rich and full. An itinerary, however, is not complete without a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust. Our visit to Yad Vashem on Monday nearly...Read more...

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz – Part 2

07/20/2017 11:06:13 AM


July 20, 2017 / 26 Tammuz 5777


Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz – Part 2


Dear Friends,

Today the Polish government oversees the administration and supervision of Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is estimated that there are a million people who visit these camps each year. Our synagogue group left our hotel in Krakow at 6:30 am to avoid crowds. Following our six-hour visit...Read more...

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz

07/06/2017 10:03:48 AM


July 6, 2017 / 12 Tammuz 5777

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, a group of seventeen members of our community traveled together for nine...Read more...

A Guest at our Own Party

06/29/2017 02:36:03 PM


June 28, 2017 / Tammuz 3 5777

Dear Friends,

We have just completed an amazing congregational trip to Eastern Europe and I will be writing about that soon. In the meantime, however, developments in Israel cannot be set aside. Therefore, at this time, I will share my thoughts about Israel and I will be in touch with you later with some...Read more...

Sat, January 19 2019 13 Shevat 5779