Shavuot Letter

Dear Temple Sholom Members, Soon comes a special day for all of us in the series of holidays throughout the year.  Fifty days after Passover, which is called the festival of our freedom, begins Shavuot, the celebration of God’s gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Freedom is the central theme of Passover but Shavuot reminds us that there is no …

Eco Chavura

The exact meaning of Chavura is somewhat elusive in English, but many resources will tell you that the word is frequently translated as “fellowship.” Eco Chavura is a fellowship of Temple Sholom congregants working to create a sacred community of environmental stewards. Our ultimate goal is to develop “green” conscience for the community, which we initiated through participation in the …

Rapoport Brit Milah

Jay and Rachel Rapoport, with big sister Ruthie, welcome their newborn Emet Grae into their lives and into the Temple Sholom community with Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Conover and Cantor Ben-David. 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!

Monday Meal Mitzvah

The Monday Meals Mitzvah team represents an ongoing effort to make sure that the less fortunate are continuously cared for and fed. Every Monday, a team of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life put together packs of food for Chicago’s homeless, hungry, and disenfranchised. Monday Meals is just one of a huge number of ongoing Tikun Olam (healing the world) projects at Temple Sholom. Others can be found on the Social Justice page!

The Heinzmann Baby Naming Ceremony

Brooke and Nicholas Heinzmann welcome their newborn Wilhelmina into their lives and into the Temple Sholom community with Rabbi Goldberg. 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!

A celebration of life

Today I flew to my hometown for the memorial of a colleague’s husband and family friend, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a little over three years ago. A few weeks ago, when treatment options were finally exhausted, he moved home to live out his days with his family. The remarkable thing about today’s service was not merely that he had survived far beyond all expectations with this diagnosis, but that he was actually in attendance.

The Journey to a Better Tomorrow Begins Today

This morning many of us in this country and congregation feel as though they are in mourning. I certainly feel that way. This is not because of Democrats or Republicans but because our country has been through a horrific experience in which our language has been debased and our old hatreds, once thought to be diminishing, have returned. For those bothered by the uncertainty of the election, the uncertainty of the future is far worse.

Therefore-Choose Life

Shalom.
Can we talk about things that annoy us?
Every day brings us an array of stuff that tries our patience. You buy something that needs to be assembled, and the instructions don’t make sense. You’re out on a golf course and you hit a straight drive; but when you get to where it ought to be lying, the ball is not there. You toss 16 socks into a clothes dryer and you get only 15 back.

Nitzavim- Our Stories of Plain Old Ordinary Holiness

Atem Nitzavim Hayom— You stand here this day…
These words which open our Torah portion, capture our attention— past and present converge as we stand shoulder to shoulder with all the wilderness wanderers, amassed on the border of a new land of promise— our heads of tribes, our elders, our officers, all the men of Israel, our youth, our women, the non-Jews who are part of our community; from the hewer of wood to the water drawer; those who lived in Biblical times and those of us alive today.

Carpool Karaoke for Excellence in Education

I spent the past four days commuting to Naperville for NewCAJE (New Conference of American Jewish Educators) 7, an annual multi-denominational gathering dedicated to reimagining Jewish Education for the 21st century.