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Rabbi’s Blog

Rabbis Hirsch and Gordon delivered this sermon together, each reflecting on the meaning of the Song of the Sea. Rabbi Neil Hirsch -- In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, economic and political pressures, coupled with famine in Ethiopia drove many there to migrate into neighboring...

This past Shabbat, we premiered From Strength to Strength: Hevreh at 40. This film tells the story of our community over the first 40 years of its life. Over 60 hours of oral history footage was taken, and that now lives in our congregational archives. https://youtu.be/_bYVXKGydv0 We owe thanks to...

This past Shabbat, we were again reminded of the fragility of peace and wholeness, as acts of terror rippled through the city of Paris. Throughout this weekend, the news has grown only more disheartening, as further reports of violence came from Jerusalem, Beirut, and Kenya,...

Parashat Toldot 5776 November 13, 2015 | Rosh Hodesh Kislev   Each time our Confirmation class meets, I start our gatherings with what I call “Highs & Lows.” This is our regular check in. It’s a chance for everyone to share something from their week, since we saw...

Dear Hevreh Community, The past two weeks have been sad and difficult, as we have experienced heartache over the vicious attacks throughout Israel. We want to shout out "Maspik! Enough already!" We look for words to express that all-too-familiar jumble of feelings that creep up whenever...

We begin with befuddlement. Beginning again a new cycle of Torah reading with B’reishit, this week’s Torah portion, we immediately confront beautiful complications contained within our Torah. Exploring the contradictions and challenges inherent within our text often yields insights otherwise unseen. Such beauty exists in...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T’filah (prayer), T’shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice).  The following is the reflection on the Gates of T'shuvah, by Lyn Yonack. Back in the day, back in East Texas, when I was...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T’filah (prayer), T’shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice).  The following is the reflection on the Gates of Prayer, by Jim Shoshana Goldberg. A few days ago Rabbi Hirsch extended this invitation to participate...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T'filah (prayer), T'shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice). The following is the reflection on the Gates of Justice, by Jim Sinkoff. Tzedek/Tzedakah – What does it mean?  It is almost impossible...

Rabbi Jodie Gordon Yom Kippur Morning- 5776   The question, posed to a group of parents: What rules, warnings, survival tactics are you giving your children as you raise them? The answers: “Get stopped for a traffic violation? Use your Sunday school manners. Keep your hands where they can be seen, and...