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…

August 8 – International Cat Day

My cat reminded me this morning that today is International Cat Day. While purring and rubbing itself against my legs it did not miss the moment I poured milk on my cereal and turned my back to the table. After all one has to celebrate in a way or another. Sources say that the International…

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…