CEEBJ Blog

From Rabbi Marc Berkson – June 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
June 1st, 2017

The nightmares haunted me as they haunted Pharaoh. Those two dreams – the seven fat cows being devoured by the seven lean, the seven healthy ears of corn swallowed by the sickly thin. And the dream should haunt us also as we talk not of Egypt 3500 years ago but, Read More

From Rabbi Toba Schaller – June 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
June 1st, 2017

June 20th marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For most of us this is a day like any other early summer day. We spend it on vacation or at camp, or maybe we take advantage of the extra sunlight by spending time outside enjoying Milwaukee’s beautiful Read More

From CEEBJ President Michael Levin – June 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
June 1st, 2017

I had the privilege of attending the annual URJ Scheidt Seminar this April in Atlanta. This was an opportunity to network with and learn from 80 of my fellow Reform congregational presidents and presidentselect from throughout North America. We worked on leadership skills and learned about Torah-based governance. We found Read More

From Brotherhood President Garrett Butenhoff – June 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
June 1st, 2017

From Our President As the Brotherhood’s fiscal year comes to a close, I am able to look back over the last year, and think of how many new faces I have seen at our monthly meetings. I am excited to get a new perspective on current programs, as well as Read More

From Women of Emanu-El President Ruth Treisman – June 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
June 1st, 2017

From Our President As I look back over the last year, I have come to understand a saying from John Steinbeck “We do not take a trip, a trip takes us”. The Women of Emanu- El (WE) Board and members are committed to “WE” and have such diverse ideas and Read More

From Rabbi Marc Berkson – May 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
May 1st, 2017

It was just a century ago – and millions of young soldiers were killed battling for a few yards of land in World War I and being gassed. Barely twenty years later, untold millions more died in yet another World War. Six million of our own people – by zyclon Read More

From Rabbi Toba Schaller – May 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
May 1st, 2017

Pirkei Avot 4:2 teaches, “one mitzvah brings about another.” As a teacher for Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, one of my regular tasks was to play the role of Aveirah Yelda (Transgression Girl) in our Religious School skits. Each week I would don my black cape and mask in order to battle Read More

From CEEBJ President Michael Levin – May 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
May 1st, 2017

Three years ago, based on our members’ feedback, CEEBJ changed how we approach the financial support of our synagogue. For many years, we had employed a fair-share dues-based model — where every family was given a target level of synagogue support based on income. What we heard loud and clear Read More

From Women of Emanu-El President Ruth Treisman – May 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
May 1st, 2017

Happiness and the secret of happiness is a concern of growing importance in the modern era. As increased financial security has given many the time to focus on self-growth, we worry instead about how to live our best lives. Of course, there are plenty of instances in life where the Read More

From Brotherhood President Garrett Butenhoff – May 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
May 1st, 2017

The Brotherhood prides itself on providing great programming for CEEBJ, as well as working hard to volunteer and fundraise for the benefit of the congregation. We are so proud of the fact that we were able to underwrite the cost of the upgraded security, now in place. I want to Read More

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