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Bechukotai – Humility

06/28/2024 02:28:13 PM

Jun28

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Bechukotai – Humility

Frank Bruni is a well-known writer who also teaches journalism at Duke University.  He wrote a powerful column entitled The Most Important Lessons Aren’t on the Syllabus where he talks about behavior he expects from his students.  These lessons wisely speak to our broader society at this moment in history.

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Naso – The Power of Blessing

06/28/2024 02:26:26 PM

Jun28

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Naso – The Power of Blessing

What is the greatest gift a parent can give their child?  The knowledge that they are loved.  And what is the greatest gift a child can give a parent?  The knowledge that they know they are loved.  I know that many of us finds ways to say, “I love you” to our children all of the time, but what if we had a ritual...Read more...

Acharei Mot – Put it on the Goat

06/28/2024 02:24:24 PM

Jun28

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Acharei Mot – Put it on the Goat

In my class on giving sermons in rabbinical school, we were told to be able to summarize our sermons in a sentence.  Here is today’s sentence: Put all your wrongdoing on the goat and let them go.  Send it into the wilderness!

That is the take away our Bat Mitzvah, Eva, and many others learn...Read more...

Chol HaMoed – Matzah Tastes Different this Year

06/28/2024 02:21:40 PM

Jun28

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Chol HaMoed – Matzah Tastes Different this Year

Matzah and Passover have felt different this year.  Their meanings resonate in ways I had not experienced in the past. The themes of the Seder and the symbolism of matzah are so real! As our Bar Mitzvah Noah shared, matzah has multiple meanings and each one speaks to our moment: As we say “We are slaves,” we...Read more...

Vayechi - Looking Back and Forward

01/29/2024 04:41:40 PM

Jan29

Rabbi Nat Ezray

 

Vayechi - Looking Back and Forward

As we wish one another Happy New Year, we reflect on how different the secular New Year is from the Jewish New Year.  Think about the greetings – there is a big difference between “Happy New Year” – which is about an emotion, and “Shana Tovah” which means a Good New Year and is about behavior.  For...Read more...

Toldot - Finding Chesed Amidst Brutality

01/29/2024 04:24:22 PM

Jan29

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Toldot - Finding Chesed Amidst Brutality

The avalanche of emotions connected with what is going on in Israel continues to impact us.  Loss, suffering, uncertainty, anger, anxiety, fear – all of this is so real. In past sermons, we have spoken about naming and feeling – just as Abraham does in this week’s portion when he mourns and cries at the loss of his...Read more...

Intro to the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda

12/01/2023 03:55:33 PM

Dec1

Prepared and Collected by Cantor Barbara

Abayudaya History Timeline Who are the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda? The Abayudaya Jewish Community is a 100-year-old community of nearly 2,000 Jews who live among their Christian and Muslim neighbors in scattered villages in the fertile green hills of Eastern Uganda. The Abayudaya, whose tribal name means "People of Judah," trace their Jewish origins to the turn of the twentieth century....Read more...

"Is Humanity Created in the Divine Image?" Transcription: Rabbi Ilana's Breishit Sermon (29 Tishrei, 5784)

10/14/2023 08:00:00 PM

Oct14

Rabbi Ilana

To watch the sermon as it was delivered on Shabbat, click here and scroll to 50 minutes in.

Our bat-mitzvah girl, Ella, gave an insightful interpretation of the phrase that repeats itself throughout the first chapter of Genesis: וירא כי טוב, And God saw that it was good. She said that the world isn’t really all that good. It’s messy. It’s violent. It can be ugly. And yet, in God’s eyes, it was good enough. And that...Read more...

An Update from City Councilmember Diane Howard

09/13/2023 12:49:23 PM

Sep13

Greetings,  

With the High Holy Days upon us, my heart is full of life and love when reflecting on the past year. While we encountered difficulties, I am profoundly thankful for the blessings in our lives. Let us approach the New Year with renewed...Read more...

Return from Sabbatical

09/01/2023 05:00:00 PM

Sep1

Bill Futornick, Ritual Director

I’m back! My sabbatical has been so fulfilling and I am overwhelmingly filled with gratitude. Thank you to the clergy and staff here at CBJ who did so much while I was gone. Most important, thank you to all of you who are part of the CBJ family. It was truly life-changing to have had the time to explore various peoples and places of the world. You made it all possible, and it is with deep appreciation that I return to CBJ.

Many...Read more...

High Holidays & High Notes: Building Community & Connection

09/01/2023 05:00:00 PM

Sep1

Tami Raubvogel, President

To say that my family likes Taylor Swift is an understatement. Although my son and I are probably just regular fans, my husband and daughter are such serious Swifties that their love for her music is way more than enough for the four of us.  

On any given day, there could be a flurry of text messages, a phone conversation or little videos shared via email about this singer.  We have had countless discussions about...Read more...

Elul is Here

09/01/2023 05:00:00 PM

Sep1

Rabbi Nat Ezray

Life seems to constantly change.

September used to be the time school began – but now many schools begin in August.

It used to be the time when summer ended – but now the weather is so chaotic – who knows what the month will bring.

Yet amidst all of this change, the Jewish calendar remains constant.

The month of Elul always comes in August/September. We sound the shofar each day during the month of Elul...Read more...

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