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 …

Yom Kippur 2018 Message from Rabbi Goldberg

Shanah Tovah! You know, we say happy New Year, but the actual Hebrew is have a good new year. Goodness and happiness are not the same. We can hope for happiness, but goodness is another matter. We can try to be good but that does not always lead to happiness. Alas. We may associate the New Year with joy. The …

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. …

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 …

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 …