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Everything We Need to Go Free

Shabbat Shira 5777/11 February 2017

Ozi V’Zimrat Yah, Vay’hi Li Lishua   [song] “My Strength and the Song of God will be my salvation.” -Exodus 15:2 Shabbat Shalom. I am grateful to the Sisterhood of BZBI for the honor of speaking to you today in celebration of Sisterhood Shabbat, in this 100th anniversary year of the Women’s League of Conservative… Read More

Posted: February 16, 2017 by

Jumah Visit

Friends, We know what it means to be strangers. As Jews, know what it’s like to be persecuted because of our faith. We know what it’s like to refugees in search of safe haven. Based in the Torah’s repeated command to “love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt,” we know… Read More

Posted: February 2, 2017 by

An Inescapable Web of Mutuality: Launching a Listening Campaign

Va'erah 5777/28 January 2017

Last Shabbat morning, we read about a pivotal moment Moshe’s moral development. Though born an Israelite, Moshe was raised as a royal in the Pharaoh’s palace. He never forgets his true identity. As a young adult, Moshe witnesses and allows himself to experience the full extent of his people’s suffering in servitude. With heart and… Read More

Posted: January 30, 2017 by

Midwives of Morality

Shemot 5777/21 January 2017

Our parshah’s opening passage this morning is a classic example of a flashback, “an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point in the story.” This common narrative device sometimes reminds us of key details from earlier in the story, or reveals new information; but it can also be used… Read More

Posted: January 23, 2017 by

Follow an Exciting New Campaign: 100 Days. 100 Letters

We are proud to join Congregant Lisa Weinberger in announcing the launch of a grassroots initiative titled “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” Organized in collaboration with Andrea L. Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, the campaign presents the voices of 100 scholars of various religious backgrounds… Read More

Posted: January 19, 2017 by