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Sermon
2 days ago • Jul 20, 2024
Don’t Curse Tomorrow with the Despair of Today
To throw up our hands and surrender to the myth of inevitability is to relinquish the most precious gift given to humanity: our capacity to change the world around us.  We can be scared without being resigned.  We can be exhausted without being fatalistic.  We can be discouraged but nonetheless courageous.  
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
1 week ago • Jul 13, 2024
The Shining Thread – Rabbi Deborah Silver
Look closely at this week’s reading and we can discern a shining thread. What does it mean, and what can it teach us about our own power in times of adversity?  
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
Sermon
3 weeks ago • Jun 29, 2024
This Moment of Angels
We are living in a world that is broken and painful. It is a moment to turn towards the angels within us and around us in order to find our way through.
By: Rabbi Tova Leibovic-Douglas
Sermon
3 weeks ago • Jun 29, 2024
This Moment of Angels
We are living in a world that is broken and painful. It is a moment to turn towards the angels within us and around us in order to find our way through.
By: Rabbi Tova Leibovic-Douglas
SERMON
1 month ago • Jun 22, 2024
Our Brothers’ Keepers
Our family is broken. Please, God, help us heal.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
SERMON
1 month ago • Jun 15, 2024
A Prayer for Peace
Every ounce of our energy must advance a vision of peace. There is no other way to rebuild a society in ruins. Our God, and God of our ancestors. Our God, and God of our descendants. Grant us peace.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
1 month ago • Jun 8, 2024
Lest the Zealots Lead Us Again to Catastrophe
We are at an inflection point: will we again fall prey to the zealots?
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
1 month ago • May 25, 2024
Counting the Days; the Days that Have Counted
A tribute to some of the many moments with this beautiful community that have changed me over the past 16 years.
By: Rabbi Ronit Tsadok
Sermon
2 months ago • May 18, 2024
The Barriers We Construct
“...Disability only becomes a tragedy when society fails to provide the things we need to lead our lives, such as job opportunities or barrier-free buildings…”
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
2 months ago • May 11, 2024
Beyond the Limits
Holiness is recognizing that what looks like the whole story is always, necessarily, only part of the story.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
2 months ago • May 4, 2024
I Care About Our Safety. And I Care About Our Soul.
We must have zero tolerance for violent and racist rhetoric in our Jewish community.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
2 months ago • Apr 27, 2024
A Righteous Protest Calls for Collective Liberation
We must do better. What we need is a movement fueled by empathy and moral imagination.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
3 months ago • Apr 20, 2024
Training Our Hearts in Spaciousness
The free person, awake and humble, can acknowledge the truth that emerges from various even contradictory perspectives.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
3 months ago • Apr 13, 2024
Open Doors, Open Hearts
How can we ensure that the Passover Seder is not performative, but transformative?
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
3 months ago • Apr 6, 2024
Signs of Spring
Creation is a process. As we look ahead to the new month we also look back at the last six months – what seeds were planted that we can reap now?
By: Rabbi Hannah Jensen
Sermon
3 months ago • Mar 30, 2024
Clearing Away the Ashes
A priestly ritual offers a path toward spiritual preparation for Passover.
By: Rabbi Ronit Tsadok
Sermon
3 months ago • Mar 23, 2024
Generative Uncertainty
Live, for a day, without all the answers, without all the assumptions about each other that cast a giant shadow over how we relate to one another.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
4 months ago • Mar 16, 2024
The Last Bulwark Against Authoritarianism
The Purim story reminds us that the real danger is when overt meets latent antisemitism. And in a culture steeped in antisemitism, literally no one is safe.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
4 months ago • Mar 9, 2024
Everything is Broken. We Must Write a New Story
In a landscape of utter devastation, the spiritual work of choosing hope in the heartache.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
4 months ago • Mar 2, 2024
Let Me Be
When God threatens to wipe out the Israelites, Moses recognizes, in the subtleties of language, that history is on the verge of dangerously repeating.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
4 months ago • Feb 24, 2024
I Will Not Turn Away
We must reject the way of eternal war.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
5 months ago • Feb 10, 2024
Tell the Story
Parshat Mishpatim Sermon. If law is the ground upon which we stand, story must be the water that softens the soil. When law leaves story behind, it runs the risk of disregarding the human beings it’s meant to protect. In the last year and a half, since Roe V. Wade was overturned, far too many women and people who need abortion access have been dangerously denied care. It’s time to tell their stories and protect the right to reproductive freedom.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
Sermon
5 months ago • Feb 3, 2024
A Land For All
Parshat Yitro Sermon. It is precisely when the public square is consumed with fantasies of binary outcomes and our hearts are full of anguish that we honor those Israelis and Palestinians who are working in partnership to imagine a just and peaceful future. Rabbi Brous joins May Pundak and Dr. Rula Hardal, the Israeli and Palestinian co-directors of A Land for All, to discuss their shared vision. Learn more about the vision, the work, and the promise of ALFA.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
5 months ago • Jan 27, 2024
Remembering Who We Are
Parshat Beshalach Sermon. What happens when one memory is replaced by another, when a moment of discernment is replaced by an act of force? The people are free, but Moses is caught between past and future, and the consequences are tragic. Listen: Spotify / Apple Podcasts
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz