CEEBJ Blog

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

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

As I have often noted, Torah teaches the profound power of words. God creates with words. How does God create? God speaks. “Let there be light-and there was light.” And, created in God’s image, we create with words. So often we speakand it becomes so. The opposite is also true. Read More

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

I have always loved Pesach. I think it is a family trait. My maternal grandparents were devout socialists. Their Judaism was political. To be a Jew meant standing up for the oppressed. My paternal grandfather was a Holocaust refugee. The idea that we were once slaves in Egypt, that “my Read More

From Cantor Barash – April 1, 2017 from Ha-Kol
April 1st, 2017

Purim Thanks A hearty Yasher Koach (congratulations) goes out to our Megillah Meisters for an unbelievable Les Miz – Les Megillah Purim spiel! Thanks to the cast for all their hard work and effort: Andrew Appel, Julia Appel, David Blumberg, Sherry Blumberg, Jordan Biller, Bella Burns, Andrew Dalin, Brian Feiges, Read More

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

Like many of us, I grew up with the Maxwell House coffee haggadah at our Passover seders. While the picture of the cow lying upside down like a dead fly helped to explain “murrain,” I was frankly stumped by the rabbinic conversation about 50 or 200 or 250 plagues, when Read More

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

We saw over 100 guests at CEEBJ for the Brotherhood’s Sports Night. Former Negro League pitcher Dennis Biddle entertained the audience with stories and insight. The evening was a lot of fun, and kudos to Allen Lavine for coordinating everything from the speaker, to the movie, sponsors and decorations. Thanks Read More

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