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All You Have to Do is Breath

I received my first lesson in Jewish theology from my grandmother, who my sister and I called Nanny. When I was a child growing up in Maplewood, I distinctly remember asking Nanny, “What does God look like?” Nanny promised to … Continue reading

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BE PROUD OF WHO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR

I am proud to announce that the docent program for the Temple Emanu-El Holocaust Remembrance Center at Temple Sinai is up and running. Eighteen people came to the first training session, committed to serving as docents. That was a remarkable … Continue reading

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Our Response to Swastikas…Live Jewishly

As you may have already heard, swastikas were found at Lawton C. Johnson Middle School on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and then again last Thursday. More swastikas were found on Friday at Summit High School . These incidents are a … Continue reading

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Israel@70

The celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday last Wednesday night and Thursday fills us and Jews all over the world with pride and joy. Over the last 70 years no other country has faced so much demonization, so many attacks on its … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Change at Temple Sinai

Tonight I want to share with you a liturgical change that is taking place in the Reform movement and here at Temple Sinai. The Mourners’ Kaddish is one of our most cherished prayers, a prayer that gives us great comfort. … Continue reading

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Remembering Pastor Mac

When The Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson, the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, August 13, the Jewish people and Temple Sinai lost a great friend. Pastor Mac and I became dear friends … Continue reading

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Like So Many Jewish Generations Before You

On Sunday morning, August 6, Temple Emanuel removed its Torah scrolls from the ark. Please read the remarks I offered at this sad and mournful occasion. My dear friends I just returned on Friday afternoon from a 12 day congregational … Continue reading

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