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Rabbi Zari’s Passover message

Dear Friends, This year, Passover offers a particularly poignant opportunity to think about the many millions of people throughout the world who searching for safety and security, because they are fleeing oppressive regimes, violence, or looking for freedom from the crushing burden of poverty and hopelessness. There are many excellent resources that can supplement the [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Vayera

Dvar Torah Parashat Vayera November 18, 2016   In just over one week, I will have the incredible privilege of standing under the chuppah with Jennifer Estroff and Eric Johnson, as they publically, officially, and spiritually bring their lives together in marriage. Because it would have been impossible for Jen and Eric to include you [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Rabbi Zari’s 5777 Kol Nidre Dvar: For the Sins we have Committed

rabbi-zaris-5777-kol-nidre-dvar-for-the-sins-we-have-committed Yom Kippur Dvar For the sins that we have committed: Collective Responsibility Kol Nidre Rabbi Zari M. Weiss October 11, 2016 10 Tishri 5777 I did not know. I did not know the people whom we refer to as Black or African American could not get legitimate mortgages in this country until as recently [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Rabbi Zari’s erev Rosh Hashanah d’var

“Holding it all” Erev Rosh HaShanah October 2, 2016 1 Tishri 5777 Rabbi Zari Weiss It was the end of a long day. I was unwinding by, I am embarrassed to admit—watching cute animal videos on YouTube. Actually, I was watching videos of human beings rescuing animals in all kinds of circumstances: a horse trapped [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

High Holy D’var from Rabbi Zari Weiss

Dear Friends, "We post-moderns need a corrective, a "reset" that centers us in a context of what matters most," writes Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, one of the Editors of our new Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book. It is so true. Life proceeds at such a fast pace. The world whirls by; events -often big, [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

High Holy Days 2016/5777 Setting Aside 10 Days for Reflection, Responsibility, and Renewal ( ie. Teshuvah)

High Holy Days 2016/5777 Setting Aside 10 Days for Reflection, Responsibility, and Renewal [i.e. Teshuvah] Dear Friends, Over the summer, I spent some time thinking: If I were to design from scratch a ritual or experience that did the work that our High Holy Days1 are intended to do, what might it look like? I [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|2 Comments

D’var from Bruce Kochis

Our members have such interesting stories to tell!  At each of our Shammes Committee (aka Board) meetings, a board member is invited to share a bit of his or her Jewish Journey.  At our August meeting, Bruce Kochis shared a meaningful moment in his journey that has had important implications for his life. Jewish Journey [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

13th Year Anniversary Shabbat: Parashat Naso

I’ve been thinking a lot about tents lately. All different kinds of tents. One of the primary values of Kol Haneshamah is, and has been since its inception, to be an Open Tent for those Jews and our families and our friends and allies who are searching for a safe and welcoming and affirming place [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments