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Holiday Reflections: Shavout

| May 14, 2009

The Holiday: Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai, as well as the spring harvest. Occurring exactly 50 days after Passover, Shavuot (“weeks” in Hebrew) marks a joyous milestone for the Jewish people.  Seven weeks after fleeing the hardships of Egyptian slavery, the Israelites received the Torah at Read More

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Holiday Reflection: Pesach

| March 19, 2009

The Holiday: Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. After years of prospering in Egypt, the Israelites faced extreme hardships at the hands of a new Egyptian pharaoh, or king.  He feared their strength and their numbers, and enslaved them to ensure his own hold on power. Despite their backbreaking Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Tu B’Shvat

| January 14, 2009

  The Holiday: Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for trees. One of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah, Tu B’Shvat enables Jews around the world to reflect on nature’s many blessings, and to contemplate our role in shaping our physical environment.  The holiday marks the beginning of the season in which trees emerge Read More

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Hunger No More Curriculum

| December 1, 2008

The Hunger No More Curriculum helps congregations facilitate discussions of issues related to hunger, poverty and powerlessness in the U.S. and the developing world; the causes, solutions and the roles that they might play. It is about the Jewish community struggling to clarify it’s identify and mission to respond to the tradition at home and Read More

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