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Singing in Community

On Wednesday evening, May 16, thirteen BZBI’ers gathered in the chapel from 7:30 – 8:45 PM to sing the Hebrew rounds we have been learning this year. It was a fun and somewhat raucous 75 minutes. One of our singers, Sharon Weissbach, was good enough to record a few of the rounds with her cell phone (listen… Read More

Posted: May 24, 2018 by

The Importance of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel In Our Lives

In 1958, I was enrolled in the Aleph Class at Beth Zion Beth Israel. I followed through being Confirmed. During that time I met long lasting friends that still play an important part in my life. In 1970, Robert A. Horen & Betsy L. Elfman were married in the chapel of Beth Zion Beth Israel…. Read More

Posted: May 7, 2018 by

Learning from Parashat Tazria

Rebecca Bushee celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah on April 21, 2018. Imagine a world where most of the children from ages eight to eleven are dying. A mysterious and fatal disease has taken the lives of 98% of America’s kids. Those that live are developing freak abilities. To address the growing fear of the freak… Read More

Posted: May 4, 2018 by

From the Heart

Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778 / 28 April 2018

I’ll preface this story by saying it was far from my proudest moment: I was probably in ninth or tenth grade, at lunch in yeshiva high school, when a friend who was in the remedial Hebrew class was lamenting his teacher’s refusal to answer any student speaking in English — even if he was asking… Read More

Posted: May 3, 2018 by

The Irish Torah

Toledot 5776 / 15 November 2015

This d’var was delivered on November 14, 2015, by congregant Ira Siegal during Colin Flanagan’s Bar Mitzvah. To Colin Flanagan’s family, it may seem like the planets and moons are in alignment. Several congregants have marked double-digit anniversaries of their B’nai Mitzvot. I cannot think of another who marked the anniversary in the exact spot… Read More

Posted: April 27, 2018 by