I imagine most of you have by now been forwarded some email about the convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year. Yes, it is true that the first night of Hanukkah this year is the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and it is also true that this will not happen again for another 79,000 years or so. This strange phenomenon has captivated many American Jews and non-Jews alike and brought many unaffiliated families out of the woodwork – perhaps because it reflects the intersection of our Jewish and American identities.
- In addition to the name Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the front of the building expansion will include a purpose-driven quotation from Jewish tradition. We value your ideas and hope you will participate! Please submit your suggestion to the clergy and leadership through Charlene McDonald at email@example.com.
Who here has seen the musical Les Miserable? I still remember the first time I saw Les Mis – I remember my parents taking my to the Wang Center in Boston. It was amazing! The moving stage, the costumes, the music, the emotion – I was blown away.
As I was reading this weeks Torah portion, one song from Les Mis kept popping into my head. Picture the scene: Jean Valjean is on his deathbed. The curtain between the living and the dead has been raised and he is joined by Eponine and Fantine. And then his entire life is summed up in one of the most beautiful verses I have ever heard:
The final line that we just heard is actually a Victor Hugo original from the book, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Join us to hear Trudy Rubin, the Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, speak on “Israel and the Changing Middle East,” Wed., Nov. 20 at 7:00 pm. Rubin will lead a provocative discussion about how Iran talks, a crumbling Syria, and a new military in Egypt will have an impact on Israel. Check out her latest column: Seeking a ‘Good Enough’ Iran Deal.
Thank you to the Joseph J. & Lulu S. Rosenbluth Fund for sponsoring. Read the rest of this entry »
Starting this Sunday, 10:15am, join an important discussion about the Middle East and deepen your understanding of its impact on Israel, with our congregant and expert, Nurit Shein. We will connect with each other as we learn and grapple together with the challenges of the Middle East. At RS Sundays, Nov. 17th, 24th & Dec. 8th 10:15am-11:15am. A native of Israel, Shein served as a career officer in the Israeli Army, working in intelligence, women’s corps, and as commander of the army’s education corps before retiring as a colonel. Nurit Shein serves as the Executive Director of Mazzoni Center, an LGBT health, education and advocacy center.
If you’ve ever seen the Adam Sandler movie, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, you may be familiar with the band, HaDag Nachash. Their name which literally means Snake Fish, is a Hebrew spoonerism of the phrase Nachag Chadash, a new driver. Through mixing hip hop and rock, western and eastern music, HaDag Nachash bring to light some of the most important issues in Israel today. One song that particularly touches upon what it means to be in Israel is, “Hinei Ani Ba, Here I Come.” The song tells the tale of the dichotomy between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv:Read the rest of this entry »