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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 […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Sukkot and Celebration

We just celebrated my favorite holiday, Sukkot. It wasn’t always my favorite. As a child I had no idea that Sukkot was a major holiday celebrating abundance and expressing joy. It was merely shaking a lulav at Sunday school. So, I was astonished when I traveled to Israel for the first time and discovered children […]

Beri Schwitzer

Investing in Education

Thank you for investing in our future. Supporting Beth Torah’s religious school is not only an investment in one child’s education but in future generations to come. Our school year has resumed, and this year brings many wonderful opportunities. Investing and Responsibility to Educate In the words of the Shema, “V’shinantam l’vanecha”—we are commanded to […]

Cyd Friedman

Beth Torah is a Unique and Special Home

I am very excited and honored to be writing this greeting in my first year as president of Congregation Beth Torah. As you all know, Alan has guided us to a strong and vibrant place. We have shared so many great times and strong spiritual connections, and learned from Rabbi Zelony and Beri Schwitzer, as […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

High Holidays are the Great Unifier

High Holidays as a Unifier The thing I love most about the High Holidays is that they are the great unifier of the Jewish people. Once a year, we have the opportunity to see all of our Jewish family together. Unified by the common experience of tshuva, returning to our finest selves, we gather in […]

Phillip Kopita

Reasons by Phillip Kopita

Phillip Kopita Presented “Reasons” as the D’Var Torah on September 10, 2016 Good morning. I find it very interesting the position I’m in at this current point in time. Originally, I was supposed to have given this sermon this past August. It happened to be a time when my mom would have been out of […]

Beri Schwitzer

Congregational Learning Center Changes

Changes coming this Fall in the Congregational Learning Center: All grades start at 9:00 AM Grades Pre-K—2nd will start in their classrooms while grades 3—10 will begin in the Main Sanctuary for minyan. Please continue to use the walk-in or carpool doors to enter. This will be a learner’s minyan led by Rabbi Zelony, Beri […]

Beri Schwitzer

Pineapples and Jewish Education

It is safe to say that I am obsessed with pineapples. My office is littered with them: pineapple stress toys, pineapple magnets, and pineapple pillows have become the focal point of my work décor lately. Which is ironic seeing as one bite from this tropical fruit would kill me. One morsel from this Hawaiian delicacy […]