Posts from 2018

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When Joy Gives Way to Terror

by Adam Roffman

When I was in day school, each spring, we would gather on the large front lawn of our synagogue’s campus for the annual balloon ascension.  Scores of young children and teachers would march in formation, clutching dozens of strings in both hands, each one tied to a colorful balloon tagged with the name of an […]

Where Torah and Real Life Intersect

by Ari Sunshine

By Rabbi Ari Sunshine This week we read in the Torah of the creation of our natural world and ultimately the creation of humanity in God’s image.  According to the Torah we are viewed as not just a “good” part of creation, but one that is uniquely “tov m’od”, “very good” amongst God’s array of […]

The Ladder Project

by Laura Miller

The Ladder Project, launched during Kol Nidre services, reached its first major milestone this past Sunday, September 30, when we moved David Corn from the city’s downtown homeless shelter to his own studio apartment at LBJ and Greenville. All of the furniture and household items for the apartment were donated by congregants, who either gave […]

A New Love Affair with Israel

by Ari Sunshine

There’s a story told about a man who was walking down Sderot Rothschild, one of the main streets in Tel Aviv, when all of a sudden he had a heart attack and immediately lost consciousness.  When he opened his eyes, he looked around and found himself standing at the entrance to a hotel with impeccably […]

The Ladder Project Kol Nidre 5779

by Ari Sunshine

This sermon was given on Erev Yom Kippur by Rabbis Sunshine, Roffman & Wallach On Erev Yom Kippur, our prayers begin to slip the earthly bonds of gravity. By the conclusion of this most sacred day, they are propelled straight through the gates of heaven. And what guides their way? A ladder. Ya’ale tachanuneinu me’erv, […]

(Re)writing our Stories

by Shira Wallach

Adam: I started reading torah in the second grade. Each week, I chanted from our sacred, ancient scroll in junior congregation, and felt privileged to help bring our most cherished stories to life for my friends and community. At the end of that year, my rabbi gave me a gift for investing the time each […]

Remember Me: Musical Memory

by Julie Carpenter

  Yom Kippur 5779   Remember me Though I have to say goodbye Remember me Don’t let it make you cry For even if I’m far away I hold you in my heart I sing a secret song to you Each night we are apart Remember me Though I have to travel far Remember me […]

Building a World with both Din and Rachamim

by Shira Wallach

Rosh Hashanah 5779 This summer, Adam and I went to see the new documentary on Mr. Rogers: Won’t you be my neighbor? If you’re not familiar with Mr. Rogers, he was the creator, writer, and producer of the magical television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood that he introduced to his local TV station as a countercultural […]

Lo tov heyot adam levado: It is not good for man to be alone

by Adam Roffman

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Remember Eleanor Rigby? Eleanor Rigby who picked up the rice in a church where a wedding has been. She lived in a dream. She waited at her window, wearing a face That she kept in a jar by the door? But who was it for? If you remember Eleanor Rigby, you probably […]

Time is of the Essence: But What Kind of Time?

by Ari Sunshine

Rosh Hashanah 5779/2018 Sermon (with thanks to my teacher Micah Goodman at the Shalom Hartman Institute for his inspiration!) A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to and park somewhere quiet so he could get an […]