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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, […]

20/20 Eurovision

by Shira Wallach

I always hold my breath these days when I see Israel playing on the world stage. I worry that her actions will be taken out of context, or that I’ll see evidence of growing anti-Israel sentiment coloring the media’s ability to report objectively. And then, I’ll worry about the backlash among fringe groups, which then […]

Mailbag: Ask the Rabbi

by Julie Carpenter

  Q: Rabbi, I’ve always wondered why, when we light Shabbat or Jewish holiday candles, we cover our eyes while we’re reciting the blessing.  Is that just like covering our eyes when we recite the Shema during the morning and evening service every day?   A:  Great question.  We actually cover our eyes for different […]

Secrets to a Meaningful and Fun Seder

by Shira Wallach

Things I hear this time of year: “I lead our seder, and I’m bored.” “I don’t know how to create a seder for all of the different participants.” “What is there at the seder for the adults? It’s all kiddie stuff!” “How can I get my kids to stay at the table longer than 5 […]

Closing The Distance: Our Confirmation Trip to New Orleans

by Adam Roffman

  Is lack of knowledge a sin?  When we act, or fail to act – out of some form of ignorance – do we bear any responsibility? The book of Leviticus, which we began reading last week, answers unequivocally. Not only should we be held accountable for our behavior, we are also required to bring […]

Reflections on AIPAC Policy Conference 2018

by Ari Sunshine

Last week I returned from three whirlwind days in Washington, D.C., at AIPAC’s 2018 Policy Conference.  For those who have not been to PC (shorthand lingo for “Policy Conference”!) previously, it may be hard to picture the buzz and excitement that comes with attending a conference of 18,000 pro-Israel activists from across America.  The combination […]

Reflections on the Chai Mission to Israel

by Ari Sunshine

Afternoon, or night? I write these words with my body not really knowing exactly what time it is, having just returned yesterday from eight days in Israel participating in our Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Chai Mission. This was a wonderful—and whirlwind—trip around Israel, for more than 70 travelers, a group that bonded together nicely. […]

Reflections on the Unlocking Jewish Wonder Summit

by Shira Wallach

Reflections compiled by Rabbi Shira Wallach Karina Zilberman’s visit to Dallas sparked important conversations. Through many different presentations of the Shababa Approach, she helped us think about how we can embrace and celebrate the wonder and connection in each moment. In the March edition of the Shofar, you’ll see several reflections of the weekend; here […]

Judaism is Calling: From Rotary Phones to iPhones, Let’s Talk

by Julie Carpenter

by Marcy Helfand I want to encourage you to attend the Women’s Shabbat (which, by the way, is not just for women) on Friday, January 26. If you’ve seen the announcement in the Congregation Shearith Israel eblast or the SISterhood eblast, you know that the title is “Judaism is Calling: From Rotary Phones to iPhones, […]

Unlocking Jewish Wonder Summit

by Shira Wallach

by Rabbi Shira Wallach Greetings from the Pearlstone Center! This week, Rabbis Sunshine, Roffman, and I are attending the Rabbinic Training Institute (RTI), an annual conference for Conservative rabbis to connect, learn, and support one another. We can’t wait to come home and tell you all about it!  I’m writing to let you know of […]