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Purim 2016 Reflections #itWASthewholemegillah

If you had to go on a date with a synagogue, what would be the best time to go on a first date? The High Holidays? They tend to be a little formal. Shabbat? Yes, but depending on the week you can experience very different things (or if it is this upcoming Shabbat you can… Read More


The Eternal Light of Redemption

Tzav 5776/26 March 2016

I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. I have stood still and stopped the… Read More

Posted: March 29, 2016 by

Learning with our Teens about Homelessness and Building a Home for God

This past Shabbat morning, all of us gathered in the sanctuary for services stood up from our seats for the culmination of the weekly Torah portion- the reading of the last verse of Exodus. For weeks, Jewish communities worldwide have been reading about the building of the Mishkan- the Tabernacle that would sit at the… Read More

Posted: March 23, 2016 by

Mazel Tov to Jacob!

Jon Smollen and Leah Kaplan welcome family, friends and the BZBI community to join in celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their son Jacob Smollen, big brother to Livia and Ben. Jacob started at BZBI as a pre-schooler. He is a 7th grader at Masterman Middle School. He is a self-described “sports guy” with dual loyalties… Read More

Posted: March 21, 2016 by

Never Forget

Parashat Zakhor 5776 / 19 March 2016

A few weeks ago, many of us read about a political leader who energized his base of support by stoking fears of a hidden fifth column, living among the citizens but not really loyal to them. He spoke, in vivid language, about the danger that these aliens would increase in number and, joining together with… Read More

Posted: March 20, 2016 by

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