Cantor Sager

Wednesday, December 25th: Havat HaShomer

Posted on December 26, 2013

Reflections on the first half of our day, from the Jacobs/Mersack Family: Marc, Melinda, Isaiah, Eli, and Kiva. ——————————- Yesterday, we visited Havat HaShomer, an IDF army base that trains disadvantaged youth and provides them with extra training and remedial education. In Israel, there is a strong correlation between military service and success in careers Continue Reading »

First Full Day, Part II: Archaeological Seminars – “Digging” Israel

Posted on December 25, 2013

After lunch, we headed to the National Park of Beit Guvrin, where the ruins of Maresha are. Maresha was an important city in the area of Judah during the First Temple period, and during the time of the Maccabean revolt. We spent time with Archaeological Seminars: Dig for a Day, which is an organization that Continue Reading »

More Pictures from Day 1

Posted on December 25, 2013

More pictures from Independence Hall, Tel-Aviv/Yaffo, and the Ayalon Institute

First Full Day, Part I: Independence Hall and the Ayalon Institute

Posted on December 24, 2013

WHEW! A very full, but wonderful day. We started out bright and early, which was made easier by the insane breakfast buffet at the Dan Hotel. A ton of fresh vegetables, 10 different kinds of cheeses, 8 different kinds of fish and enough bread to feed a small army bolstered us for the busy day Continue Reading »

We’ve Arrived!

Posted on December 23, 2013

We’re here! Our first night in Tel-Aviv was great. Our fabulous guides, Uri and Shari met us at the airport and escorted us to our hotel (the Dan Tel-Aviv). We met as a group on the Tayelet (Promenade on the beach), and said a collective “Shehecheyanu” thanking God that we have reached this moment. We Continue Reading »

Terms of Endearment – A Tribute to Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld by Cantor Sarah Sager

Posted on September 25, 2013

This post on “If Not Now, When?” the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple was written by Cantor Sarah Sager as a tribute to Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, whose 100th birthday milestone we will honor on October 11-12, 2013 during Shabbat evening worship, Shabbat morning Torah study and a celebratory luncheon on Saturday October Continue Reading »

Join our B’nai Mitzvah Revolution! Cantor Sager’s Update and Invitation for Your Input

Posted on March 17, 2013

We encourage a live, public conversation about the meaning to be found in B’nai Mitzvah, and input from students, parents and grandparents, teachers, and all who can share a thoughtful approach with us to bringing new and intensified meaning to this experience at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. See below for Cantor Sager’s direct invitation for input, share posts here Continue Reading »

My Abortion, My Life – a post by guest speaker Dallas Schubert

Posted on January 26, 2013

This post is excerpted from the remarks of Dallas Schubert, guest speaker at Shabbat worship on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Her presentation about the “My Abortion, My Life” campaign ( is part of a month-long series of activities at temple honoring the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe Continue Reading »


Posted on November 12, 2012

Becky Raskind, a graduate of Fairmount Temple’s Religious School, and daughter to our members, Peter and Julie Raskind, keeps a blog about her experiences with the Council on International Exchange (CIEE). CIEE is a non-profit NGO, whose mission is “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent Continue Reading »

A Journey to Remember in Cuba: Cantor Sarah J. Sager and our Fairmount Temple Trip to Cuba

Posted on November 10, 2012

This blog post is excerpted from the remarks on Kabbalat Shabbat at Fairmount Temple, of Friday, November 9, 2012, of Cantor Sarah J. Sager, upon return from  leading the Fairmount Temple first-ever trip to Cuba. We encourage you to share, respond and ask questions of Cantor Sager below, so that she and other members of Continue Reading »