When you move from one home to another, how long does it take until you unpack the final box? Has that last box ever just remained packed, tape still in-tact, perhaps ready for the next move? What’s in there?!
A few weeks ago, much of our Rodeph Shalom staff moved to a different floor or to a different side of the hallway, into temporary office space, to allow for the next stages of renovation and construction. Although I am almost all unpacked, 3 boxes are still staring at me from the floor. I have to wonder: if I have survived for almost a month without their contents, how important could they be?
In an effort to teach simplicity and sustainability, Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited, lives in an apartment, with over 1,000 square feet of functionality, in only 420 square feet. The bed folds into the wall, the coffee table becomes the dining room table, and a wall of drawers slides over to reveal guest beds folded into another wall… LifeEdited provides products, spaces and tips on how you can have more time, money and happiness with less stuff, less space and less waste. Read the rest of this entry »
Brisket and Kugel Cook-Off and Pot Luck Dinner
Sunday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM
Whether your recipe has been handed down through generations or you’ve added a new twist to something borrowed, all entries for the first RS Brisket and Kugel Cook-Off are welcome. You can make one or both recipes, and a “Blind Professional Judging” will name a winner. All entries will then be consumed by all attendees. All BoomRS and RS members and prospective members are invited to attend, but, if not bringing a Brisket or Kugel entry, then a potluck dish for sides, salad, and dessert is appreciated. BYOB of course and all cooks and just eaters please RSVP to Patsy Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Stacey Spector for sharing this descriptive piece about her current stay in Israel.
Shalom from Tel Aviv: It is Saturday morning, and our fifth day in Israel. What is clearly different this morning from any other day of the week is the absolute stillness of the streets and the lack of jack hammering on the endless construction projects in Tel Aviv (“TA”). Apparently, there is a running joke among Israelis that the national bird is now the “crane” (as opposed to the bird). Israelis’ weekend consists of Friday and Saturday so everything is closed today, and we are about to embark on a walking tour of Bauhaus buildings, of which there are many (at least 4000 built in the 30’s and 40’s by German architects who emigrated to what was then Palestine). Read the rest of this entry »
By Rabbi Kuhn
Last Sunday, Cantor Frankel and I were honored to co-officiate at the wedding of our dear friends Michael Carr and Henry Seigel. Now, I have been to a lot of weddings in my day, but I’ve gotta tell you, this one was off the charts in terms of being exciting, thrilling, emotional and special.
This was the first same-gender wedding Cantor Frankel and I have done since Pennsylvania made it “LEGAL.” Rabbi Freedman officiated at Rich & Rick’s wedding Saturday night and Rabbi Maderer officiated at Steve Mirman and Kenneth Galipeau’s wedding a couple of weeks ago, so we are trying to make up for lost time!
Standing under the chuppah with Michael & Henry was an experience that I will never forget. This was not like the usual couple we marry. Henry & Michael have been together 32 years! They have been living in a monogamous, committed, loving relationship for 32 years! So, why would they feel that they needed to sign a marriage license and have a Jewish ceremony anyway? What possible difference would that little piece of paper make?
What is your response to the anti-Semitism in our history and in today’s world? Perhaps the most important Jewish response is to begin with learning. On Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:00 pm at Rodeph Shalom, in observance of Krystallnacht, Night of the Broken Glass, the series of coordinated attacks against the Jews throughout Germany and Austria on Nov. 9, 1938, we will join together and learn with Rhonda Fink-Whitman author of 94 Maidens and successful advocate for Holocaust education in PA was passed in Pennsylvania recommending that Holocaust education be taught in all public, charter and cyber schools. A trip to Germany uncovered the horrible truth about what happened to her mother during WW II and she felt that it was her responsibility to tell the story as she does in 94 Maidens. Together, we will deepen our understanding and glean inspiration from her advocacy.
There is no charge so please bring a sweet to be served with tea. Please rsvp to Julia Erlichman: email@example.com. Thank you to the RS Women for bringing us together for this important discussion!