From the Rabbi

November 1, 2018 As the days pass since the murderous desecration of Shabbat, the Jewish community is still in shock and grief. The sinister merger of always-present-anti-Semitism, emboldened by the… read more

Our Shabbat day of calm and peace was shattered earlier this morning by the horrific news of an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh. While the details are still emerging,… read more

October 11, 2018 Are you registered to vote? Voting is a sacred Jewish act. It is an expression of our engagement in the community. It is one of the ways… read more

Yizkor 5779 Rabbi David S. Widzer When those who are dear to us depart this world, we feel a loss.  We miss their presence.  We miss their smile.  We miss… read more

Yom Kippur Morning Haftarah Drash 5779 Rabbi David S. Widzer In just a moment, we’ll hear the rousing words of the Prophet Isaiah.  He preached at a time of discord… read more

Kol Nidrei 5779 Rabbi David S. Widzer In 1971, Pastor Wilbur Rees published a book of meditations and essays entitled “Three Dollars Worth of God.”  The title comes from the… read more

Rosh HaShanah Morning 5779 Rabbi David S. Widzer Note: As a sermon about seeing things differently, there were graphics accompanying different sections of the sermon displayed on our sanctuary video… read more

September 13, 2018 Long ago, before there was Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, even before the wide use of credit cards, people used to pay with (gasp!) cash. And in some… read more

Erev Rosh HaShanah 5779 Rabbi David S. Widzer L’shanah tovah! A happy and healthy new year to you all. For most of the children in our community, this past week… read more

September 6, 2018 Rabbi Hillel Silverman tells one of my favorite anecdotes for this season of the year: A young man was sitting in a diner, talking on his cell… read more

August 30, 2018 The story is told of a pious rabbi in the old world, busily studying and preparing to lead services for the coming High Holy Days. On the… read more

September 20, 2018 What a wonderful start to our Temple year together! We’ve celebrated Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, complete with multiple services, inspiring music, thoughtful words, introspection and reflection,… read more

August 1, 2018 As I spend this week serving as faculty at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner Camp, as part of the curriculum, I’ve been teaching campers about the… read more

July 12, 2018 I have been away from my children, on and off, for about two weeks. A quirk of our summer schedules, they’ve been at home in New Jersey,… read more

June 28, 2018 In the 1st century BCE, the world of Jewish thought and law was divided between those who followed the teachings of Rabbi Shammai and those who were… read more

June 21, 2018 There’s a rabbinic teaching that God has two thrones: a Throne of Justice and a Throne of Mercy. From the first, God dispenses strict judgments of our… read more

June 14, 2018 Education has always been a fundamental Jewish value.  Our Torah proclaims: “V’shinantam l’vanecha,”  “You shall teach [the words of Torah] diligently onto your children” (Deuteronomy 6:7).  Whether… read more

June 7, 2014 The work has been done. The votes have been held. The papers have been signed. After many years of positioning our congregation for the future, and several… read more

May 1, 2018 For the past several years, we have been a community in transition. We have been a community on a journey together to the next chapter of our… read more

April 3, 2018 Yesterday marked 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on a hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was in that southern city… read more