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Accounting for Justice

Mishpatim 5779 / 2 February 2019

It’s a strange thing, that we refer to history as “the past,” when in its very essence our remembering brings those events into the present. Almost two weeks ago I was in Atlanta for my father’s unveiling. Standing at his grave, seeing the outline still where the grass hasn’t fully grown in, his name etched… Read More

Posted: February 6, 2019 by

Welcoming the Stranger

Yitro 5779 / 26 January 2019

This week’s D’var Torah focuses on our work with HIAS and the Mbonigaba family. To learn more and to help support this program–either financially or through volunteering–click here. In this week’s Parasha, Yitro, we arrive at the apex of the Exodus story – Bnai Yisrael arrive at Har Sinai, and Hashem is ready to close… Read More

Posted: January 29, 2019 by

We Shall Be Heard

Shabbat Shirah 5779 /  19 January 2019

Rabbi Annie Lewis gave this D’var Torah during the Women’s March on Philadelphia, January 19, 2019. Shabbat Shalom. Today, we are gathered here on the Parkway. We are marching and calling out for liberation, for dignity, for racial, economic and gender justice. And beneath it all, we are in pain. We are suffering from the… Read More

Posted: January 24, 2019 by


Bo 5779 / 12 January 2019

The driving current of this Exodus story – the plagues, the back and forth with pharaoh, the hardening of heart, the staying the going the staying the going, the pesach offering and the ultimate liberation:  is not so much about the amazing physicality but about an uncovering unfolding ongoing change in consciousness. God says “…… Read More

Posted: January 15, 2019 by

Our First Hanukkah with the Muzungu-Mbonigaba family

On the last night of Hanukkah, Abe and our family welcomed special guests to our homes. Merthus, Suzana, Delice, Merci, Michele, and Esther joined us to celebrate their first Hanukkah-we ate latkes, the children played together, and then we lit the many Hanukiyot. Michele (6) and Esther (5) were eager to try for themselves. Singing… Read More

Posted: January 2, 2019 by