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Beri Schwitzer

Tradition and the Future

A new wife prepares for her first Shabbat. She cleans meticulously. She scours the cookbooks in search for the perfect recipes. She chooses each carrot and pea with supreme care. Her choice of the main dish is just as precise. Her mind wanders back to her Bubbe’s roast—the family traditional Shabbat dinner. Every Friday night […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Suffering: Finding Meaning in Responses

At some point in life, many of us weather more suffering than we think we can endure. If we haven’t experienced it directly, perhaps we have witnessed people we love engulfed in sorrows. Sometimes the tragedies sweep over far-away places. While we do not personally know those submerged in misery, grief washes over us anyway. […]

Beri Schwitzer

Jewish Journey and Education

With all of the rainy weather during Spring Break, I finally found some time to curl up with a good book and, thankfully, I found myself entranced with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s “The Journey Home: Discovering the Deep Spiritual Wisdom of the Jewish Tradition.” You know…some light reading. Hoffman writes of his own personal spiritual journey […]

Alan Hoffman

Springtime and Opportunity

As I write this article, we are preparing for another great month at Congregation Beth Torah. It’s springtime in Dallas, which can mean beautiful weather and storms (all in the same day!). It’s a time where we look to clean out our old “stuff” and look forward to even greater opportunity. We are seeing some […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Hametz: Spring Cleaning

Some people love spring cleaning. (Yes, I’m thinking of the volunteers who’ve been preparing for the Learning Center’s garage sale.) If you ask spring cleaners why they love to purge and scrub they’ll tell you two things. It feels good to get rid of things that we don’t need, and it’s important to clean schmutz […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Not Quite Yet: Tzav

Recently I made a visit to a congregant in the hospital. A man entered the room in a short white coat, and the congregant introduced him as his favorite doctor. Neither the man in the coat nor I corrected the patient, but we smiled because we both knew that the shortness of the coat indicated […]

Inclusion Initiative Year Two

We are now embarking on year two of the Inclusion Initiative and are identifying targets for the coming year.  The biggest goal is to further expand collaboration with the existing congregation structures.  Here are some pending examples of how this will look. Inclusion Initiative Across CBT Groups We are working with the Facilities Committee on […]

Revolving Door Participation

I am told that volunteers sustain active participation for perhaps seven years and then phase out their involvement in an organization.  I don’t know who did the research on this statistic allowing them to feel comfortable making such a statement but maybe it is true.  My own history with Congregation Beth Torah spans almost 35 years […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Vayakhel: Teamwork

When astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Houston after spending almost a year in space he expressed gratitude not only for his safe return but also for the team of people that envisioned a mission and made it happen.  The purpose of the mission was to study the effects of long-term space dwelling on our bodies […]