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Between a Rock and a Strawberry: This Grateful Life

11/06/2019 04:47:40 PM


Gratitude is a central theme of Thanksgiving. As we approach the Thanksgiving season, Rabbi Benjamin Shalva shares his insights on the Mussar (character) trait for gratitude: HaKarat HaTov (literally,“recognizing the good”). Benjamin Shalva is a rabbi, writer, yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and musician. He...Read more...

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: J. Michael "Mikey" Hess Webber

11/06/2019 04:15:46 PM


J. Michael "Mikey" Hess Webber teaches Kitah Vav (6th Grade) in Beth El's Berman-Lipavsky Religious School. Rabbi Webber is in her fourth year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and also serves as the Rabbinic Educator at Towson University Hillel.

What inspires you to live a rich and meaningful Jewish life?

A Tribute to Rabbi Seymour Essrog

10/30/2019 08:24:52 PM


The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's talk at Congregation Adat Chaim's Rabbi Seymour Essrog Memorial Lecture (Friday, October 25th, 2019).

Let me first thank Toby for the invitation to be here tonight, and the opportunity to share some thoughts with you and pay tribute to my friend of...Read more...

Let Freedom Sing: National Touring Play Crushes the Stigma of Addiction 

10/30/2019 07:57:51 PM


By: Brandon Chiat, Digital Media Manager

"Our story is the Jewish response to addiction," explained Jessica Fishel, Producer of Freedom Song, a play that depicts personal stories of addiction against the backdrop of a Passover Seder.

The performance begins with a clarification: "The stage is not a...Read more...

Eternal Songs

10/23/2019 08:31:48 PM


The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's Shabbat sermon from October 12th, 2019, a reflection about Robert Hunter, lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Those of you who are obituary readers may remember that just about three weeks ago, a man named Robert Hunter died. It is likely you had never heard...Read more...

Rabbi Schwartz's Sukkot (5780) Sermon: Jonah's Sukkah

10/18/2019 07:29:43 PM


The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's sermon from the First Day of Sukkot (5780):

One of the more interesting, and at the same timeless familiar traditions of Sukkot is called Ushpizin. Ushpizin is an Aramaic word that means guests, and the idea...Read more...

Rabbi Steve Schwartz's Yom Kippur (5780) sermon: What We Stand For

10/18/2019 06:56:52 PM


The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's Yom Kippur (5780) sermon:

There is a story told of a rabbi who was having trouble with a sleepy congregant. It seems every time the rabbi began to preach, the congregant, within the first couple of minutes of the rabbi speaking, would fall into a sound sleep....Read more...

YIZKOR: A Remembering Ritual with Rabbi Saroken

10/16/2019 01:41:39 PM


By: Rabbi Dana Saroken 

Our hearts break when we lose someone that we love. Then, for the first 11 months, Judaism guides us through grief. Beginning with burial, shiva, shloshim (the first 30 days), and then come the next ten months and an unveiling. Then what? What many people do not know is...Read more...

Rabbi Schwartz's Kol Nidre Sermon

10/08/2019 07:11:52 PM


The following is a text version of Rabbi Steve Schwartz's Kol Nidre (5780) sermon:

When our children were growing up, we had an imaginary friend who lived in the house with us, whose name was AILAT - spelled A I L A T. Ailat used to turn up in all kinds of places and situations, but mostly...Read more...

Planting the Seeds: Beth El Dedicates Generations Park on Sukkot

10/08/2019 05:54:16 PM


By: Brandon Chiat, Digital Media Strategist 

Before the pavilion of Generations Park rose from the dirt in July 2019; Before Rabbi Steve Schwartz and Ritual Director Ben Kreshtool led a group of excitable preschoolers through a Havdalah service commemorating the opening of their new playground...Read more...

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