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A Transformational Moment

Posted on April 13, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Cantor Vladimir Lapin during the Shabbat Evening Service celebrating his installation, April 9, 2021. To the members of this sacred community, special honored guests, my beloved friends, dear colleagues and my wonderful family…thank you so much for being Continue Reading »

Everything is in the Sauce

Posted on April 12, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Joshua Caruso Passover Yizkor Memorial Service, 2021.  Coming from an Italian family, everything was about the sauce. I remember going from the train station on Spring Street to Lafayette Street, making my way up the stairs Continue Reading »

Building Bridges Instead of Towers

Posted on September 30, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum at the Contemporary Service on Kol Nidre, 2020.   There’s a rabbinic tradition, a midrash, that teaches that whenever two come together to study Torah panim el panim, face to face, the Shechinah, or Continue Reading »

Time Turners and Teshuvah: The Days of Repentance

Posted on September 30, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum at the Anshe Chesed Temple Youth (ACTY) Service on Kol Nidre, 2020.   Growing up, I loved immersing myself in the world of Harry Potter. I quickly identified with Hermione Granger: her unflappability, her Continue Reading »

The Stories We Tell

Posted on September 29, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Joshua Caruso on Yom Kippur, 2020.   As a newly minted rabbi, I was tasked to officiate at a funeral for a family I did not know. As is customary, I met with the grieving loved ones Continue Reading »

A Difficult and Crucial Cheshbon Hanefesh

Posted on September 29, 2020

This message on “If Not Now, When?” the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple is from Rabbi Andi Berlin, guest rabbi, shared on Yom Kippur, 2020.  On Yom Kippur, we are commanded to do some very difficult work: the work of Cheshbon Hanefesh – literally, an accounting of our soul. While all year long Continue Reading »

A New Hope – It’s Going to Be OK

Posted on September 29, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, was shared by Fairmount Temple Board President on Rosh Hashanah, 2020 Shana Tova!  I’m Todd Silverman and it is my honor to be the President of Fairmount Temple.  I stand with you tonight full of gratitude and appreciation for all of you, Continue Reading »

Looking At A Skyscraper Up Close

Posted on September 28, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk on Yom Kippur, 2020. It was almost 11 years ago, when we still lived in Virginia. I had spinal surgery to fuse portions of my lumbar spinal column. It was my fourth back surgery Continue Reading »

Sin is Crouched at Your Door

Posted on September 28, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk on Kol Nidre, 2020. There is a story I enjoy about a rabbi who just before Yom Kippur was about to begin called his family to the entrance of his temple. Then he invited Continue Reading »

Crossing Eight Mile to Defeat Racial Injustice

Posted on September 21, 2020

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk on Rosh Hashanah, 2020.  The‌ ‌late‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Congressman‌ ‌John‌ ‌Lewis‌ ‌once‌ ‌said:‌ ‌“You‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌tell‌ ‌the‌ ‌whole‌ ‌truth,‌ ‌the‌ ‌good,‌ ‌the‌ ‌bad,‌ ‌and‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌some‌ ‌things‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌uncomfortable‌ ‌for‌ ‌some‌ ‌people.”‌ ‌I‌ Continue Reading »