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Cyd Friedman

Spring Synagogue Events

We had such a meaningful and special March! Our Purim party, megillah reading and shpiel were well attended and so much fun! Every age group enjoyed, participated and felt the beauty of community. Then on March 22, the Beth Torah community joined with the larger community at the JCRC Interfaith Seder. Rabbi Zelony led the Seder, along with Bishop […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Ordinary People Taking Responsibility

Life seems to be full of connected events. I’d like to share a series of connections that speaks to love triumphing over hatred. It happened once that Holocaust survivor Judith Meisel, born in Lithuania and imprisoned in Stutthof, had dinner with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This happened because, after the Shoah, Mrs. Meisel rebuilt her life in Philadelphia. […]

Cyd Friedman

Gratitude about CBT

Have you taken a few minutes lately to feel gratitude? Besides the reasons in your personal lives to be thankful for, what about your CBT family and home? I am so grateful to my Beth Torah family, and want to say thank you to all of you in making our home such a unique and special place. Let […]

Cyd Friedman

We Never Stand Still

An amazingly beautiful High Holiday season is now behind us. Thank you to all who participated and helped make it so special for our CBT family. We Never Stand Still But, as you know, we never stand still, and so much more has (and is) happening at Beth Torah. Our new adult education programs are going strong. This […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Torah Fast When Torah is Dropped

It happened. A Torah was dropped during services. That story children whisper in Hebrew school with eyes widened in disbelief about fasting for forty days is true. Well, give or take a few leniencies that rabbis have made over the centuries. However, the important message is not the shocking length of the fast. Rather, it’s the message of community […]

Cyd Friedman

Community Connection

So how did it go? Have you talked to someone you don’t know well yet? I would love to hear about it. Connection in the Community I heard about one experience from the recipient of the attention paid by a member of our board. I was actually at another congregation’s Shabbat service to share an […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Leadership and Relationships in Richardson

For the past nine months I’ve participated in a program called Leadership Richardson. It’s run by the chamber of commerce to train the next generation of leaders. Many of our city’s elected officials and non-profit board members came through this program before being chosen for their positions. In the program, we develop skills and form […]

Cyd Friedman

Hospitality Towards Guests

Dear CBT Family, I have been reading a wonderful book that was highly recommended to me as president of Beth Torah. The book, by Dr. Ron Wolfson, is titled “Relational Judaism”, and in the introduction, he takes it all down to one sentence: It’s about relationships. The last line of Beth Torah’s mission statement is […]