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Cyd Friedman

Rabbi Zelony Signed New 5 Year Contract

I am so excited to announce that we have signed a new contract with Rabbi Zelony for 5 years! Rabbi Zelony has brought renewed energy toward spirituality, education for adults and children, music and community. We are thrilled that she, Adiv and the kids are as happy here as we are to have them here. […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Inclusion and Mitzvah

February is National Inclusion Month. Our sacred texts teach us not only to include all, but to empower all to be independent. Take a look at this example from the Talmud (Beitzah 16b). “A certain blind man would recite mishnayot for Mar Shmuel, who saw that he was sad. He said to him, ‘Why are […]

Beri Schwitzer

Thugs Who Knew Torah Recap

By the time you read this, the lights of the Hanukkah menorah should still be burning in hearts, the smells of onion and latke still lingering in our homes, and the message of rededication still fresh on our minds. Thugs Who Knew Torah Trip I wanted to share with you a message of rededication and […]

Cyd Friedman

Happy New Year!

Well, we ended the 2016 calendar year with several wonderful events. The MetroCare party was really special, with so many families getting their Christmas wishes realized, along with food, music, and dancing. There were many amazing volunteers, but a special thank you to Joan Kitner and Beth Mond for all of their hard work making […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Just Jew It – Doing Jewish

“Doing Jewish”—embracing Jewish rituals, traditions and law—can be challenging. I know because I’ve been there. However, doing Jewish really helps with being Jewish. Let me start with the challenges, and then I’ll move on to the rewards. Obstacles to Doing Jewish Not growing up with much Jewish ritual in my home meant that sometimes I […]

Inclusion During High Holidays

I know it seems as though the High Holidays were eons ago but there were some special things that occurred of which we absolutely must take note. High Holiday Inclusion For the first time in CBT history, we had many seats identified for specific congregants. As a synagogue, our seating has always been on a […]

Beri Schwitzer

Participation and Our Field of Dreams

I remember seeing the movie “Field of Dreams,” and thinking that it was the most Jewish movie. “If you build it, they will come” is purely an idea from Hillel, the sage whose commentary is found in the Pirke Avot. Hillel wrote, “The more Torah, the more life. The more counsel, the more understanding. The […]

Cyd Friedman

Hanukkah 2016

Wow, it’s hard to believe 2016 is almost over. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and close friends. November reminded me of all that we have to be grateful for, with Beth Torah members sharing many life cycle events, most very happy, others sad and difficult. We had a Bar Mitzvah, […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

An Investment for Your Future

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing four young women lead Adon Olam together on our bima. They grew up at Beth Torah and lead the prayer in honor of an upcoming wedding. I enjoyed seeing the connection they felt to one another as they sang. A few days, later I met with a congregant […]

Cyd Friedman

Happy 5777

Happy 5777! I hope you all found spiritual meaning and enjoyable family and friend time during the holidays. A thank you again to all those who helped make the holidays so special and well-coordinated for all of us. In addition to our large attendance at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we had beautiful services for […]