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Music: What Resonates: Shabbat Message from Cantor Lori Brock
When I first met my husband George, he would blast music from Steely Dan every weekend and sing at the top of his lungs while puffing on his cigar. “Hmmm…,” I thought, “He really loves Steely Dan!” And after a while, though not immediately, I found myself singing along at
February 3, 2023
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Seeking Connections: Community, Friendship and Engagement: Shabbat Message by Rabbi Greg Weisman
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” So said Henry IV in Shakespeare’s telling of his life. To be sovereign, or CEO, or the head of any institution means that by default you are alone in a category of one. No peer, no equal, no one who really understands what
January 27, 2023
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An Antisemitic Interruption: Shabbat Message from Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Mates
The first time I encountered antisemitism was in college. It wasn’t directed at me per se, but it was a rally against Israel equating Israel with South Africa, and then, as now; Anti-Zionism is antisemitism. I never forgot that rally. It was an odd, new and uncomfortable moment for me
January 20, 2023
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Inner and Outer Selves: Shabbat Message by Rabbi Dan Levin
Last Shabbat, I shared an incredible weekend with members of our confirmation class.  The students began the retreat by covering each other’s faces with wet strips of plaster, creating plaster masks of their faces. After the masks were formed, the students painted the outside of their masks to represent how
January 13, 2023
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What Do We Hope for Between an Ending and a Beginning?: Shabbat Message by Cantorial Associate Kira Melamed-Vainberg
For years, I have been wanting to adopt a meditation practice. I do it occasionally, but I have never been able to make it a steady daily routine. I am spoiled that way – I need a proper ambiance: nature, peace and quiet… However, people who meditate know that the
January 6, 2023
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Vayigash: Shabbat Message by Rabbi Elana Rabishaw
A few years ago, there was a story where a woman was reported missing while on a bus tour in southern Iceland. The bus driver provided a description of the woman to the authorities, who then sent a rescue group to the scene. While waiting, the tour group started searching
December 30, 2022
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Ascending Holiness: Shabbat Message by Rabbi Dan Levin
I work out regularly with a trainer, who pushes me hard in each of my workouts. Typically, he creates a “drop set” – where we start a circuit of exercises with fifteen repetitions, or “reps”.  Then the next circuit goes down to twelve, then nine, then six. With each circuit,
December 23, 2022
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Helping Children Thrive In An Uncertain World: With Dr. Michele Borba
DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO STILL PURCHASE A VIRTUAL TICKET TO VIEW THIS POPULAR  EVENT THAT WAS HELD ON JANUARY 12, VIA OUR NEW BETH EL ON DEMAND    AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR. MICHELE BORBA TO SPEAK AT TEMPLE BETH EL OF BOCA RATON: HELPING CHILDREN THRIVE IN AN UNCERTAIN
December 16, 2022
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How It Started….How It’s Going….: Shabbat Message from Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Mates
There was a trend on social media a while back called “How It Started…How It’s Going.” People posted a picture from the beginning of a relationship or friendship, or of a child from many years ago, and then a current picture. People posted their first dates or wedding photos and
December 16, 2022