July 2015

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Faith and Knowing God As Highest Authority. On Wednesday the Board had its monthly meeting. One of the business items was the distribution of the monies the board collects each month when it sends the tzedakkah box around the table. We had just about $360 to distribute. Normally the Board sends its money to Jewish organizations. And indeed we decided to send half to Mazon, a Jewish organization committed to ending hunger. But at the recommendation of a board member the group decided to send the other half to the Malala Fund, an organization devoted to empowering women around the world through education. I do not believe it is a coincidence that we decided to send money to that organization this week. You see, the desire to empower women and help them receive equal rights has a long history, dating all the way back to this morning’s Torah portion and a group of young women who, like Malala, did not stand for the status quo, and didn’t mind shaking things up.
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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00am -- Anonymous (not verified)
The Tragicomedy of Balaam and the Ass -- Guest Sermon by Michael Poliakoff: Today is special for two reasons. The first is the significance of the portion of the Torah that we read and will discuss in a moment. But Rabbi Mina has also kindly given me the honor of sharing a message with you on the 4th of July, the day when the founders of this extraordinary nation of ours declared our liberty, a call that continues to reverberate and inspire around the world. George Washington himself vouchsafed the liberty that we enjoy as Jews in America.
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