Meatless Monday’s From Temple Sholom’s Eco Chavura

Did you know that one-fifth of the man made greenhouse gas emissions come from the meat industry? Or that for one pound of beef we use up to 2500 gallons of water? Or that the grazing the herds do is damaging our land quality? Crazy, right? Believe me I know that it can be overwhelming – there is so much information out there about how we can improve our environment – but there is one really small, easy change that we can all make that will have such huge rewards. All we have to do is just commit to going meatless once a week! One day, that’s it! By eliminating meat from our diets one day a week we can reduce our carbon footprint and help slow climate change. Not to mention we’re going to make ourselves healthier and be a little kinder to animals. Not bad for one day’s worth of work!

Writes of Passage – Commencement

Commencement, Shalom, Aloha
Such words have layered and multiple meanings embedded even within the same context.

Each spring, the Temple Sholom Crown Family High School confirms our seniors during a congregational Shabbat Service. Each graduate delivers a sermonette on their personal Jewish identity and reflects on their experience. The amalgam and collective voice is a treasured glimpse into the minds of those about to launch. And we kvell as if they are all our offspring!

Ten Minutes of Torah: The New Reform Machzor and the Shofar Service: Part 2

Part Two: Chevruta (Intense Text Study) With A Thousand People

Last week I wrote about the decision of the Machzor editors to break the shofar service into three parts, with each part appearing in a different section of the service. As I mentioned, the three parts of the shofar service carry different themes: God’s sovereignty, God’s remembrance of us, and God’s redeeming us. When these three themes are presented one after the other, especially towards the end of the Rosh Hashanah morning service, it is hard to reflect on the spiritual depth of these insights. By dividing the shofar service into three, more attention on each section is possible

Old Becomes New

Rabbi Goldberg led a Worship committee meeting on April 30. The stalwarts attended to discuss clergy garb for the High Holy Days. Since the committee hadn’t met since last fall when we talked about something relative to the High Holy Days (I really don’t remember the topic, to tell the truth), I wasn’t sure what to expect. My guess was that the rabbi would tell us what he prefers, and we’d all say something to the effect of, “Ok, if that’s what you want,” and that would be that.