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Amid Dreams and Disagreements

Vayeshev 5777 / 9 December 2017

The second act of the Torah’s epic narrative starts here, at the beginning of this week’s parshah. A rift within one family reverberates outward, ultimately resulting in millions of Israelites enslaved to a genocidal Pharaoh. The specifics of the conflict are only part of the picture. The Torah’s language highlights the intimacy of the situation: words… Read More

Posted: December 13, 2017 by

Mazel Tov Chase!

Chase Roman is the son of Tracy and Edward Roman. He as been a member of BZBI his whole life, and has attended the Neziner school since preschool. He currently attends Germantown Friends School, where he is in seventh . Grade. He loves video games, and anything to do with a computer. In fact, he… Read More

Posted: December 8, 2017 by

Taking Our Voices Back: The Legacy of Dinah

Vayishlach 5778 / 2 December 2017

On December 2, synagogues around the world will read Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis, 32:3-36:43), which includes the story commonly referred to as “The Rape of Dinah.” We read that Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah, “went out to see the daughters of the land. Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land,… Read More

Posted: December 5, 2017 by

Reading Beyond the Literal: In Memory of Rabbi Neil Gillman

Vayishlach 5778 / 2 December 2017

Vzot hatorah asher sam Moshe lifnei bnei Yisrael al pe Adonai byad Moshe. This is the Torah that Moses put before the Children of Israel; from the mouth of God by the hand of Moses. Each week we direct our attention to the scroll of the Torah and affirm that it is exactly the same… Read More

Posted: December 5, 2017 by

Bouncin’ and a-Boppin’ in our Schools

News from Lori Turner, Music Specialist

November/December Shalom, my friends, shalom! November has been filled with music, movement, singing, dancing and a whole bunch of learning. Through the songs “Bouncin’ and a-Boppin’,” “Monkeys in the Middle,” “Shakin’ our Shakers,” “Little Music Monkeys,” “Al Nitylat,” “Gobble Gobble, Thank You,” your kinderlach have been accomplishing many goals within the music, movement and instrument play… Read More

Posted: November 30, 2017 by