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March 23, 2021

Passover and the Past

Passover and the Past

Preparing for Passover every year sends me back into the past. Opening our Passover closet, I find the dishes that once belonged to my mother-in-law, and I think about the years we’ve used and enjoyed them. Read More

March 11, 2021

Online Learning Groups Help Seniors Stay Connected

Online Learning Groups Help Seniors Stay Connected

Suzanne Katz highlights a few of the many opportunities for seniors in the community to engage in programs, have social interactions, and maintain a sense of self and purpose during the pandemic. Read More

February 22, 2021

Purim 2021 – Even Now We Can Be Joyful

Purim 2021 – Even Now We Can Be Joyful

Rabbi Beiner wishes everyone a Happy Purim despite the challenges of this past year. Read More

January 27, 2021

New Year of the Trees

New Year of the Trees

Rabbi Beiner offers words of contemplation about Tu B'shevat. Read More

January 14, 2021

Prayer for Our Country

Prayer for Our Country

Rabbi Beiner shared a prayer for our country in advance of the upcoming Inauguration. Read More

December 07, 2020

Finding Appreciation for This Year's Hanukkah

Finding Appreciation for This Year's Hanukkah

None of us could have imagined the past year and how our Jewish (and secular/everyday) activities would be so different. For many of us, we did not know how much we would miss going to synagogue, attending simchas and community events, and even… Read More

November 25, 2020

Hanukkah Torah Teaching with Rabbi Judith Beiner

Hanukkah Torah Teaching with Rabbi Judith Beiner

These months of the pandemic have presented the Jewish (and other faith) communities with stark challenges to our usual ways of gathering.   It is very hard to feel a sense of spirituality and connection without being physically present with others. Read More

November 24, 2020

Thoughts and Prayers for Thanksgiving

Thoughts and Prayers for Thanksgiving

"The Jewish world accommodates a pretty big tent: We pray, study, and celebrate within a framework of established denominations; and our community reflects a wide diversity of beliefs, philosophies and backgrounds. I’m thinking about this as we head… Read More

September 22, 2020

Living Our Joys: A Reflection on the Fall Holidays

Living Our Joys: A Reflection on the Fall Holidays

Rabbi Judith Beiner, JF&CS Community Chaplain, reflects on the fall cycle of Jewish holidays. Read More

September 15, 2020

Letting Go with Tashlich

Letting Go with Tashlich

Rabbi Judith Beiner, JF&CS Community Chaplain, shares her thoughts on the ceremony of Tashlich. Read More

September 08, 2020

High Holy Days:  Finding Community During a Time of Isolation

High Holy Days: Finding Community During a Time of Isolation

Rabbi Judith Beiner, JF&CS Community Chaplain, provides thoughts on celebrating the High Holy Days during the pandemic. Read More

September 03, 2020

Chaplain Extends Jewish Touch

Chaplain Extends Jewish Touch

August 14, 2020 - AJTFlora Rosefsky writes how JF&CS Chaplaincy program offers connection and compassion during COVID-19. Read More

July 30, 2020

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred and how in this time in history, we are in need of acts of love. Read More

July 22, 2020

Chaplaincy Program Stays In Touch with Our Jewish Seniors

Chaplaincy Program Stays In Touch with Our Jewish Seniors

Our Bikkur Cholim Volunteers have become even more crucial in providing reassurance and hope that at some future time we will gather together in person! Read More

July 03, 2020

The Statue of Liberty & The Ideal of Welcoming The Stranger

The Statue of Liberty & The Ideal of Welcoming The Stranger

May our Independence Day celebrations inspire us to learn and to act, and work towards the day when all Americans prosper with the promise of freedom. Read More

May 27, 2020

Shavuot: Let kindness be our guide

Shavuot: Let kindness be our guide

The highest ideals of the Torah are played out in the book of Ruth, when the characters fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Torah law by caring for the needy in the community, seen in the established practice of gleaning whereby the poor… Read More

April 23, 2020

Counting Up

Counting Up

The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the Sefira. It refers to the practice of counting the Omer, an ancient Hebrew measure of grain, that was once offered up in the Temple. Read More

April 05, 2020

A Passage to Strengthen the Spirit

A Passage to Strengthen the Spirit

We know for certain that we are in a marathon, and not a sprint, and that taking care of both our bodies and souls is vital for us all. Read More

March 05, 2020

Purim Joy

Purim Joy

Purim is an opportunity to briefly set our worries and stress, our cares and sadness aside and immerse ourselves in joy. No matter our age, we each have the opportunity to become immersed in the reading and the rituals, the costumes and levity, and… Read More

February 26, 2020

Chaplaincy Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Starr

Chaplaincy Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Starr

Barry Starr has been volunteering with Bikkur Cholim for five years. Read More

February 10, 2020

Tu B’Shvat:  Something for Everyone

Tu B’Shvat: Something for Everyone

If you are into history and ritual, Tu B’Shvat is for you. If are a passionate Zionist or environmentalist, Tu B’Shvat is for you as well. Read More

June 21, 2019

Providing for the Burial Needs for All of Our Community

Providing for the Burial Needs for All of Our Community

In our Jewish tradition, the mitzvah of burying the dead is a great act of loving kindness, and a shared responsibility of the entire community. Read More

April 18, 2019

Fill Your Table

Fill Your Table

Over the years, the numbers attending our seder had grown to the point that we’d moved out of the dining room into the living room. We’ve had as many as 30 people, which calls for rearranging furniture, lots of cooking and dishes to wash. Read More

March 20, 2019

Purim:  It takes two… at least!

Purim: It takes two… at least!

This week, we celebrate the holiday of Purim. The festivities are grounded in the book of Esther, in which we read the tale of how the Jews of Persia overcame the villain, Haman, who sought to annihilate them. Read More

February 04, 2019

Bikur Cholim

Bikur Cholim

Rabbi Judith R. Beiner JF&CS Community Chaplain Read More