Congregation Shearith Israel

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Building a World with both Din and Rachamim

by Julie Carpenter

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 […]

Why Am I A Member?

by Julie Carpenter

At the 133rd Annual Meeting Shearith Israel Members were asked to answer this simple question, Why Am I a Member? Responses were funny, heartfelt, emotional and showed the breadth of commitment to our community. Here are a few:  When my wife and I moved to Dallas in 1986, I went shul shopping.  I went to Orthodox, […]

Turn it, and turn it again 25 years later

by Adam Roffman

Do you remember what your Rabbi said to you on the day you became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? My guess is, probably not. I sure didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I wasn’t listening. I had (have!) a tremendous amount of respect for the now Rabbi Emeritus of our large suburban synagogue […]

Jerusalem: Heavenly and Earthly

by Ari Sunshine

The Talmud in tractate Ta’anit 5a speaks of “Yerushalayim shel ma’alah” (the heavenly Jerusalem) and “Yerushalayim shel matah” (the lower, or earthly, Jerusalem), when Rabbi Yohanan explains that God won’t enter the heavenly Jerusalem until first entering the earthly Jerusalem.  This teaching from a third century C.E. rabbi is probably one of the first attempts […]

Host an Israeli Scout

by Julie Carpenter

Host families needed for Israeli Scouts from the Tzofim Friendship Caravan. The Scouts will be in Dallas from June 28-July 6. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about Israel, build long-lasting relationships and have friends to visit when they travel to Israel for their teen tour!Hosts still needed for one girl […]

How do You Hear God’s Voice?

by Shira Wallach

“I hear God’s voice by simply closing my eyes and concentrating on God. It is very simple, but I can hear God very clearly.” “I believe I can hear God’s voice when I might feel upset and down. Maybe something is going on in my life and I just need some advice. Right then, God […]

Confessions of a Reluctant Beard-Grower

by Adam Roffman

Every year, around this time, when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a few weeks, I am greeted with the same five words. “Rabbi, I like the beard!” It takes quite a bit of restraint not to reply, “Thanks, but I hate it!” It’s true, though.  Facial hair is not my thing.  It’s […]

Sharing the Obligation and the Reward

by Adam Roffman

Last Shabbat morning, we welcomed seventeen beautiful souls into our Shearith Israel family at our Tiny Treasures ceremony. It was an interesting coincidence that on the morning we celebrated and welcomed the newest children of our community, we also read the commandment to honor our parents. As a parent myself, this strikes me as an […]