Rabbi Conover’s Yom Kippur Sermon 5779

In a World Where Everything Can Be Faked, What’s Real? RELATIONSHIPS By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover 10 Tishrei 5779/ September 19, 2018 Gut Yontiv.  Like some of you, I love to read about trailblazers and pioneers to find out how they succeeded.  Usually it’s because someone—a parent, a teacher, a friend, a mentor– told them at a pivotal age, “You can …

Rosh Hashanah 2018 Message from Rabbi Goldberg

The Dynamics of Dispute Shana Tova! Like many of you I have read some good books this past year. One was by Ron Chernow, who wrote, a few years ago, a biography of Alexander Hamilton. The new one is about President Ulysses S. Grant. I don’t think it will be turned into a hip-hop musical, but Chernow’s biography of U. …

OSRUI 2018 blog: A New Era for OSRUI

This summer, URJ Camp OSRUI welcomes its 3rd-largest enrollment in its 66-year history. In addition, OSRUI has welcomed all three of our rabbis and myself to serve on the segel (faculty) throughout the summer, supporting madrichim (counselors) as an extra set of eyes and ears, leading tfilah (prayer) and ivrit (Hebrew) experiences, and facilitating informal limmud (learning) components led by …

Why Did Our Teens Go To Philly?

By Jay Rapoport, MARE Director of Lifelong Learning This weekend, Rabbi Gellman, Caleb Bromberg and I took 15 of our Orr Shalom teens to Philadelphia. It was our biggest teen trip in the four years I have worked at Temple Sholom, which is no coincidence – with Caleb’s help, our youth programs are booming! Rabbi Gellman and Caleb co-teach our …

Gun Violence Prevention Speech by Eli Perlin

The first time that I remember hearing about a school shooting was the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. I was in the 4th grade at the time. A friend and I had just finished playing tennis. We were sitting in the lobby of a tennis facility and we heard them talking about the shooting on TV. We watched as …

Gun Violence Prevention Speech by Jeremy Liskar

This is Chicago. This is Chicago. That is the message I kept pushing as we tried to come up with the details for Chicago’s version of the March for Our Lives. There will be the national march in D.C. organized by the students that survived the Parkland shooting. There will be over a hundred marches throughout the country that stand …

Rabbi Goldberg’s Purim 2018 letter

Shalom! Soon it will be the Jewish festival of Purim (Wednesday night, Feb 28). The Talmud poses the question: Why don’t we sing Hallel (biblical praises of God) on Purim? Various answers are proposed: 1) Rabbi Isaac says that we don’t say Hallel when recalling a miracle that occurred outside the Holy Land. 2) Rabbi Nahman suggests that the reading …

A journey of Jewish learning, history and community

Dear Temple Sholom: I’m writing to invite you to join Melanie and me on a journey of Jewish learning, history and community. This fall marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” in Germany when the Holocaust sank to a new level of depravity, an ominous portent of nightmares to come. We want to mark the tragedy …

Are You Smarter Than Jay Rapoport?

Are You Smarter Than Jay Rapoport? Blogging from Orr Shalom high school retreat at OSRUI December 2, 2017 At Temple Sholom’s annual Orr Shalom high school youth group retreat at URJ Camp OSRUI, members of the Orr Shalom youth group board create and lead their own programs for their peers throughout the weekend. This year, as part of our 150th …

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!