Make your Black Friday count!

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly. Next week, my family will be watching this game again where guys in strange outfits bump into each other and try to catch a weird shaped ball getting thrown in the air. They play about 2 minutes and then there is a 15 minute commercial break. I believe that game is…

President’s Kol Nidre Appeal

G’mar chatimah tovah.  May you be sealed in the book of life for a good year.   Here I am –  my last Kol Nidre appeal. To me this this is a bittersweet moment, from now on I will be able to enjoy services with my wife and family. I will not have to torture…

President’s Speech Rosh Hashanah

L’ Shana Tova I would like to welcome our members, their families and our guests to our High Holy Days services. As I go into my fifth and final year as President of Adat Chaverim and before I review some of the highlights of my five years and then talk about my goals for Adat…

My Sermon for Yizkor 5778

This summer my mom gave me the photo album from my bar mitzvah 38 years ago.  Since she moved into an independent living facility, she’s been slowly going through boxes and boxes of stuff that she didn’t have time to go through before she moved.  It was really interesting to look through the old pictures,…

My Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning 5778

You might have heard that I’m not very good at sports.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like watching sports.  Or at least I used to enjoy watching sports.  I loved watching football, although I never really grew attached to one particular team.  I was raised a Mets fan, which meant that I hated…

My Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5778

Good Yontev.  It’s really important to have friends who will call you out on your stuff.  For example, I know that I can always count on Aaron and David to come up to me after a sermon and call me out on my sesquipedalian tendencies.  “Sesquipe- what?”  I can already imagine them asking.  Sesqui, the…

My Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 5778

Good Yontev.  I have never had as hard a time writing sermons for the High Holy Days as I have this year.  But my difficulties weren’t for my normal reason, that writing is easier when you actually have something to say.  Quite the opposite.  Have you ever gone to the cereal aisle in a grocery…

My Sermon Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

Good Yontev.  If you have ever seen my Facebook postings, it will come as no surprise to you that I love the theater and I go to it a lot.  I love children’s theater.  I love regional theater.  I love experimental theater.  I really love Broadway roadshows.  I love it all.  Even the shows that…

High Holy Days Food Drive

Food Drive Schedule 09/21 – CFTY will distribute collection bags 09/22 – 09/30  – fill up your bags with shelf stable food items, toiletries or peanut butter and drop the bags off at Adat Chaverim 10/08 – 10 AM – Together will the 5th graders, let’s sort the collected items and load our truck. 10/08…

D’var Torah for Ki Tavo

There is an interesting ritual described towards the beginning of this week’s Torah Portion, Ki Tavo. Moses starts off by saying: ‘haskeit ushma Yisrael — be silent and hear, O Israel!’ Normally Moses would just jump in with ‘Shma Yisrael — hear, O Israel!’ But at this point, for the first time, Moses commands silence…

D’var Torah for Parashat Re’eh

I have begun to write Divrei Torah for the Texas Jewish Post and here is the one I wrote for this week. This week’s Torah Portion, Re’eh, has a dramatic beginning that always surprises me: “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse…” Well, if you’re going to put it that way, I…