Yom Ha’Shoah – Never Forget

Every year we honor the six millions lost during the terrible times of the Holocaust. Never Forget ! This year our Yom Ha’Shoah commemoration will be very unique experience based on the Passover Seder. As we commemorate the memory of the lost and celebrate our survival we will be reading “Gathering from the Whirlwind” – a…

April 21 – Earth Day Shabbat

Join us for a Shabbat Service with special readings about nature and the environment. Celebrate Earth Day! This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen our individual roles as guardians of the earth by supporting environmental initiatives, planting trees or even tending a private garden. The Torah begins with a thorough description of creation, it shows…

Are Our Cell Phones Our Egypt?

Passover and the first and second night Seders just happened. We planned or attended a Seder, we reunited with family and friends, we told the story of exodus again, and we enjoyed symbolic food and a great dinner. When we counted the 10 plagues we placed a drop of wine in our plates for each…

Passover Greetings from Rabbi Ben Sternman & Steve Jacobs, President

Dear Congregants, Passover marks a uniquely special time in the Jewish calendar, commemorating Judaism’s foremost traditions of freedom, faith and family. Your are most likely in the midst of preparations, ready to unite with your families and friends to celebrate, follow our traditions and read again our story of exodus which celebrates our liberation from…

Sing! Pray! Be Social!

It’s Friday Night, most of us worked a full week or if you are in retail like me, it is just an evening off before another 12 hour day. Whatever it is, it is the end of the week and you are tired, you have one thought in mind, stay home and relax. For most…

There is beauty in the world

Lately anti-Semitism has filled the news, vandalism in synagogues, desecration of Jewish cemeteries, bomb threats in Jewish Schools or JCCs and more. Even here in Dallas, our JCC was under a bomb threat, a swastika was placed on a pole on a highway, a Jewish student was bullied at his University and there was probably…

Cats in the Ancient World

Although it has been commonly accepted that cats were first domesticated in Egypt 4000 years ago, their history among human beings goes back much further. Wild cats are now known to have lived among the people of Mesopotamia over 100,000 years ago and to have been domesticated there approximately 12,000 BCE at about the same…

Dogs in the Ancient World

Dogs have been a part of the history of human beings since before the written word. The ancient temple of Gobekli-Tepe in Turkey, dated to at least 12,000 years BCE, has provided archaeologists with evidence of domesticated dogs in the Middle East corresponding to the earliest evidence of domestication, the Natufian Grave, (c. 12,000 BCE)…

MyRunning+MyApp+MyPlaylist = My Shabbat Service

You know that running is my passion. Every time I am at the start line and I look around, I see my fellow runners. They come in all shapes and sizes, all age groups, some fashionable, some not, in short they are a diverse network, just as reform Jews. We wish each other good luck,…

Happy New Year 5777 (A little early)

I find the metaphors people use for time to be very interesting. Many people use the metaphor of time being a line where you start at one point, continue through time sequentially until you reach the end point. You have the first day of school, you travel through time day by day until you reach…

A walk through the History of Volunteering – The Jewish Perspective

Very often volunteering has been seen as a cheap and amateur version of work that could be better done by a “a paid for” professional. Voluntary work is actually something else altogether. It is an expression of shared responsibility for a common good or a common goal. It is a personal engagement in pursuit of…