Midler Brit Bat

Aaron and Esther welcome their newborn, Sylvia, into their lives and into the Temple Sholom Community with Rabbi Conover and their circle of friends and family. Brit Bat (baby naming) and Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) ceremonies are important lifecycle events in the Jewish community. And how much more special when there is a community to celebrate with you and your expanding family!

Our Room of Requirement, Our Garden of Faith

By Rabbi Conover on 10 Tishrei 5778/ September 30, 2017   Gut Yontiv.  As this is the time for making confessions, a few quick questions: Who here has read one of the Harry Potter books?  (Show of hands…) Who has read all of them? Who has seen the movies? One last question… and Ok, no judgment, this really is just …

To Tell the Darkness, We Beg to Differ YKE 5778/2017

By Rabbi Goldberg G’mar Chatimah Tovah and Shabbat shalom!If you are like me, you love The Art Institute of Chicago, and for many reasons. One reason I love the Art Institute is that it has Grant Wood’s well-known painting, American Gothic. Created in 1930, it depicts a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be his daughter …

And Your Children Shall Know Abundant Peace Re’eh 5777

By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover I so enjoy reading and rereading books and poetry that I love.  Sometimes, lines that I almost skipped over in the first reading seem to jump up off the page in a second or third reading.  This often happens to me while reading and rereading Torah.  And this is what happened to me while reading this …

The Brokenness We All Feel Inside

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778 Sermon By Rabbi Scott Gellman There is a Japanese philosophy known as “wabi-sabi,”which embraces the flawed or imperfect. It values marks of wear that arise due to the use of an object.  It treasures the visible cracks and glue that went into the repair. Wabi Sabi promotes keeping an object around even after it has broken. …

A prayer for those affected by Irma

God, please be with the rescue workers and keep them safe as they make heroic efforts in dangerous situations to rescue those in trouble. God, please be with everyone waiting to be rescued, keep them safe, and bring help to them soon. God, bless each and every person affected by this storm and surround them with Your love, protection, and …

Reflections on Segel experience at OSRUI 2017: Missing the Magic of OSRUI

There are things that  happen at OSRUI that wouldn’t happen anywhere else. Like this past Monday, when we not only read Torah in the tradition of ancient marketplace readings, but the madrichim (counselors) actually created a morning marketplace for students to “shop” for bananas, pancakes and caricatures amidst the cacophony of a drum circle, strolling musicians and a lot of …

OSRUI 2017 Update

Thursday, June 22 was an epic day in 6th-8th grade Tiferet (Arts) Camp at OSRUI! As our Rosh Eidah (unit head) says, “Every day at camp feels like a year, but every week feels like a minute.” Wednesday evening (in Jewish time each evening marks the new day) it was announced that today would be “Yom Musical” (a day celebrating …