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Elul, the month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of both rejoicing and somber reflection when we take stock of our spiritual selves and our lives.

Kate Bigam

After 10 weeks of swimming, biking, walking at the ocean's edge, and rationalizing that it's too hot for tennis, Saturday night

Deborah Rood Goldman

The Jewish prayerbook — the siddur — is a rich and dense work.

Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser

Last night, for the first time ever, I attended a Tishah B’Av study session – a joint venture between my own


A few years ago, while serving as student cantor at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in NYC, a synagogue for all gender identities and sexual orientations, the tra

Cantor Jason Kaufman

The occasion was the Santa Cruz Pride Parade in Santa Cruz, CA, in support of the LGBTQI community, and dozens of members of Temple Beth El in Aptos, CA, were there to march.

Kathy Ruiz Goldenkranz

Throughout my years at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA, I have developed relationships with a variety of people in our temple community.

Talia S.

A piece of my soul died when we decided that my son Ben’s autism would necessitate a reexamination of a conventional bar mitzvah service.

Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr

Food plays a significant role in the history of the Jewish people, from why we eat matzah at Passover to the reasoning behind fri

Howard Lev

I am prone to inspiration the way some people are prone to colds. Even when I do remember to order decaf, the little everyday sparks tend to convince me that life is good.

Karen White


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