5779 Rosh Hashannah Address

Why am I here? Really, why am I here? Before I answer that, allow me to first welcome everyone with a Shana Tova. Happy New Year! I am so happy to see so many members, visitors, past members and guests. If you don’t know me, my name is Terry Sigle. My wife, Michelle and 3…

Regret and renewal come together in celebration

Summer is coming to an end, well I don’t know if that is true for Texas but here in Northern Germany you can feel it. You can have lunch and afternoon tea outdoors but in the evening you cherish the comfort of a blanket. I always did like the end of summer; there is something…

Chag Sameach – Happy Passover

Can you believe it, here we are, we will be celebrating Passover again. A year has flown by and again we clean our pantries, freeze bread and other items to make space for matza, macaroons, gefillte fish and, and, and …. Metamucil is preparing for their most exclusive sale period of the year, Matza and…

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…

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…

Chag Sameach

Dear Community of Friends, Sibylle and I would like to send all of you our Passover greetings. May your homes be filled with friends and family and wonderful scents of Passover cooking. This morning I was thinking back at the time when I was to recite the 4 questions. Before each Seder my mother and…

A Passover Tale

Storyteller was a real profession some time ago and it still is in certain countries. There have been some serious storytellers in my family so maybe I am just trying to keep up with the tradition. Passover is approaching and I was thinking back to one of my fondest memories. In general we used to…

The Fascinating Evolution of the Purim-Spiel

“Today is Purim, tomorrow it’s gone – Give us a penny, and throw us out!” The humble yet beloved Purim spiel (“play” in Yiddish) is the only genuine folk theater that has survived a thousand years of European culture, and in our day has morphed and flourished. Let’s take a quick look at this amazing…