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 …

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 …

Temple Sholom of Chicago Statement Regarding the treatment of Jewish participants in the Chicago Dyke March

We are dismayed and deeply disturbed by the treatment of Jewish participants in the Chicago Dyke March this last weekend.  We are dismayed that this march does not allow a plurality of voices, including those—like ours—that strongly support LGBTQ rights, diversity, tolerance, support for peace in Israel and Palestine, and a secure State of Israel. It is hard not to see this as part of an organized campaign to remove Israel from …

Temple Sholom of Chicago Statement Regarding the Western Wall

Temple Sholom of Chicago is deeply saddened by the cynical political decision of the Prime Minister of Israel to freeze his very own proposal of a liberal Jewish prayer space at the Western Wall. While Temple Sholom usually refrains from questioning decisions of the Israeli government, we cannot stand silent when, after years of good faith negotiations on the part …

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 …

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.

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.

In Praise of Failure

In Praise of Failure Edwin Goldberg I’m told that in the islands of the South Seas there are certain fruits which cannot be eaten and there are some places which cannot be approached. Serious harm will come to anyone who violates these prohibitions, which are called taboos. Perhaps we believe that taboos exist only on these distant islands, but actually …