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Summer 5776/2016: New This Summer! Adult Education Academy - Summer Salons

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This summer, the Adult Education Academy sponsors three free, fun, and diverse summer salons—one in June, July, and August.

Sunday, August 28,  from 2 - 4 PM, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead a session on music and rabbinic literature.  We’ll listen to The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, based on the writings of Isaac the Blind (1160-1235 CE).   Golijov is a contemporary Argentinian composer.

Sunday, September 25, from 2 - 4 PM

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Weekly Torah Talk:

Learning to Listen, and So to Love

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This week we read the second portion in the book of Deuteronomy in the Torah, the remarkable sedrah of Va’etchananVa’etchanan includes truly spectacular texts: the Shema, the central statement of God’s oneness in the world, Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad, Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One, followed immediately by the Ve’ahavta, the commandment to love God with all of our hearts, minds, and strength.  

As if that were not enough honor for one Torah portion, Va’etchanan also includes the recitation of the Ten Commandments, the Aseret Hadibrot, for the second time in the Torah.  If you were to rank Torah portions you could easily put Va’etchanan near the top in quality of content.  It is no accident that this powerfully affirming portion is read the week after Tisha B’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, on Shabbat Nachamu, the Sabbath of consolation, for we take comfort in our knowledge that morality and holiness will ultimately bring justice. 
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samuel cohen talitRabbi Samuel M. Cohon’s Sermon on Ekev 5776:

The Lessons of the Heart

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
August 26, 2016

Do you know this classic joke?  An Orthodox, a Conservative, and a Reform rabbi are each asked whether you are supposed to say a brochah over a lobster.

The Orthodox rabbi asks, "What’s a...'lobster'?"

The Conservative rabbi says, “Some say yes, some say no.”

The Reform rabbi says, "What's a brochah?"

Or, what are the main differences between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism?

At an Orthodox wedding, the mother of the bride is pregnant.

At a Conservative wedding, the bride is pregnant.

At a Reform wedding, the rabbi is pregnant.  And so is her wife.

And so on.  Back in the olden days of the 20th Century, when I was growing up, we used to know that there were three kinds of Jews: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox.  That was it.  Then I learned that there were other divisions among us: Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean and Oriental Jews from parts east and south, as well as Ashkenazic ones like us; Israeli Jews, who were different from North American Jews; and English and Australian and South African Jews who spoke funny.  As our horizons broadened we learned that there were other types: Hasidic Jews, who were Orthodox but dressed like they were Amish, and Reconstructionist Jews, who didn’t believe we were the Chosen People; even Renewal Jews, who were very touchy-feely and wore Birkenstocks.  We even learned that there was something called Secular-Humanist Jews, who didn’t believe in God but did believe that they were Jews and got together in minyans to not pray. Read More.

Temple Times

NewsletterThe August issue of the Temple Times is now available!  Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about us... upcoming events and this month's happenings.

Media Gallery

gallery Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Hannukah celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!

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