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March 24, 2021

HAMSA Presents The Seder Through the Lens of Recovery: A New Take on an Old Ritual

HAMSA Presents The Seder Through the Lens of Recovery: A New Take on an Old Ritual

HAMSA is excited to share our first ever Passover resource guide: The Seder Through the Lens of Recovery: A New Take on an Old Ritual! Read More

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

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

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

October 08, 2020

Hit Refresh on Your Job Search

Hit Refresh on Your Job Search

How could the upcoming Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah relate to finding a new job? Simchat Torah is the time dedicated to both completing the yearly cycle of Torah reading and starting to read it all over again. The Book of Genesis is the first… Read More

October 06, 2020

Celebrating Sukkot - Body and Soul

Celebrating Sukkot - Body and Soul

"Looking back it’s obvious from a kid’s perspective why sukkot was so enjoyable – being able to run around and make noise with minimal adult supervision is every child’s dream come true. And yet, that experience of celebrating the holiday of sukkot… 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 11, 2020

AJC: Joyful ways to celebrate Rosh Hashana despite pandemic

AJC: Joyful ways to celebrate Rosh Hashana despite pandemic

September 11, 2020 | Food & RecipesBy Jennifer Zyman, for the AJC 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

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

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

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