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From Rabbi Toba Schaller – February 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2018

In just a few weeks we will read and celebrate together one of my most favorite stories in all of our tradition. As Jews we have so many stories, and as a Rabbi I certainly love many of them, but the story of Esther, is one of the few of Read More

From President Michael Levin – February 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2018

It is during challenging times that a community shows its true character. I know that we will continue to support each other, and our rabbis, even as they are both on leave. I would like to thank Rabbi Schaller for taking on additional responsibilities, even as she was preparing for Read More

From Brotherhood President Garrett Butenhoff – February 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2018

From Our President The Brotherhood has been around for over 90 years, and continues to be a vibrant part of this congregation. All of the programs and fundraising that we do, could not be accomplished without the volunteers who give of their time for the betterment of the congregation. While Read More

From Women of Emanu-El President Ruth Treisman – February 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
February 1st, 2018

From Our President The Women of Emanu-El (WE) have organized and provided coordination of many events at CEEBJ like the Hanukkah Latke dinner. The popularity of cooking is evident by the number of cooking shows on TV today. It shows how important the function of cooking is and the joy Read More

From Rabbi Marc Berkson – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

I was privileged to be in attendance at the Union for Reform Judaism’s 74th General Assembly in Boston the beginning of December. Known as our Biennial, the gathering brought together almost 6000 Jews representing our Reform movement for five days of learning and connection and action and community. With the Read More

From Rabbi Toba Schaller – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

On January 20 last year, I woke up in the middle of the night, packed a bag and got a ride to a bus waiting in a quiet parking lot. Fourteen hours later, 30 new friends and I unloaded our bus near Washington DC. We prepared to take part in Read More

The Why of Why? – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

The goal of Why? is to help enrich each person’s practice of Judaism by learning more about the reasons behind common Jewish practices, prayers, rituals, and traditions. Please send your own questions by filling out the reply section below, by email to [email protected], or submit them in writing to the Read More

From Cantor David Barash – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

A hearty thank you to the members of our Children’s choir who participated in a special Hanukkah program at the Sarah Chudnow campus on Sunday, December 17. Members of the choir include: Hazel Alpren, Yael Barolsky, Lucy Girton, Levi Lakric, Eli Levin, Elliot Lippman, Sam Lippman, Adelyne O’Connor, Evan Rapaport, Read More

From President Michael Levin – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

Our movement, the Union for Reform Judaism, held its 2017 Biennial from December 6-10 in Boston. This event brings together 6000 Reform Jews from across North America and around the world. Together, clergy, lay leaders, youth leaders, students and educators learn, pray, network, and make policy for our movement. This Read More

From Women of Emanu-El President Ruth Treisman – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol
January 1st, 2018

I offer you a Happy New Year and a welcome to the Women of Emanu-El (WE) Sisterhood. Whether you are a member of Women of Emanu-El, leader of an affiliated women’s group, WE leader, or someone who just shares our common goal of ensuring a vibrant future for Reform Jewish Read More

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