HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? – The Eco Chavura Story

I didn’t set out to create Eco Chavura (pronounced like Chanukah). It simply evolved, much as things do in nature. The Temple’s Building Committee asked me to conduct an inventory of things we could do…

Marriage Equality at Temple Sholom

Bill Healey and I were married at Temple Sholom on Sunday August 1, 2010 At that point in our relationship we had been together for 23 years.

Having an actual wedding never occurred to us, as odd as that sounds. We had met with Rabbi Shoshanah Conover one morning to discuss our spiritual experience and how it related to Temple Sholom. Bill is Catholic but had not found a spiritual home since moving back to Chicago 9 years ago.

The Biggest Blight on our Beach

There we were, Allie, Ascher and I, last Sunday on Montrose Beach on a bright and sunny, but windy, spring day. We had joined the Temple’s new Eco Chavura for Olam HaMitzvot and their Adopt-a-Beach program.

Cuba Libre for Temple Sholom

I’m typing this Blog (my first ever) on my iPhone from Cuba, on the drive from Havana to Cienfuegos, which is ironic since the vast majority of Cubans have never seen an iPad, or iPhone, or really any cell phone or smartphone for that matter. Of course, it will have to be sent when I get to the hotel since there’s no cell service available to us while out and about and I only hope the Internet is working – I’m told the service is spotty. It’s refreshing to walk down the street and not see people attached to their cell phones and smart phones as they walk (and drive).

Will the New Pope Be Good for the Jews?

Quite a lot of Jewish ink has been spilled over the last few weeks analyzing the pontificate of the now retired Benedict XVI, prognosticating on who might be his successor, and, once announced, reporting every detail of Francis’ history with the Jewish community.

Some words on Marriage Equality from Rabbi Conover

It’s almost hard to recall the sunny, forty-five degree weather I encountered in Springfield, Illinois, as I now sit in freezing, snow-covered Chicago. On Wednesday, I drove to our state capitol with Rabbi Max Weiss where we met forty other clergy members to lobby for Marriage Equality.

Eat your Matzos Green

Passover celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom. It is also rooted in the agricultural cycle of the year and coincides this year with the beginning of spring. It references a time when our ancestors were more connected on a daily basis to the natural world. To become more connected to the Earth and go “eco friendly” for this holiday, consider following all or some of the tips below: