Lead Me Into the Mystery – Rabbi Joshua L. Caruso, Yom Kippur 5773

Posted on September 27, 2012

In rabbinical school, we had a wonderful Talmud professor named Michael Chernick – we liked him because he was not your typical seminary teacher. He was impolitic, unpolished, but surprisingly aware of what we rabbis-to-be were experiencing – he had our number. And there were times when he departed from the expected course of study Continue Reading »

An Armed Amalek: Why We Must Not Stand Idly By – Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, Yom Kippur Sermon 2012

Posted on September 27, 2012

(Pictured above) – The FHN 57, a popular weapon at local gun stores, nicknamed the “cop-killer” based on its lethal capacity to pierce police body armor. Rabbi Nosanchuk wore a police body vest pierced by a powerful rifle round during his remarks, in order to raise awareness among community members about the dangers of inaction Continue Reading »

Jack Black and the Pintele Yid – Rabbi Joshua Caruso, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5773

Posted on September 20, 2012

Below is the Sermon from Rabbi Joshua Caruso at Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Contemporary Service at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Sunday, September 16, 2012. We invite you to share your responses, forward and share these remarks with others, as we seek to engender discussion and dialogue on “If Not Now, When?” the interactive blog Continue Reading »

Ready to Be a Rav Ba-Yisrael – Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk; Rosh Hashanah Evening- Congregational Service Sermon

Posted on September 17, 2012

Below are the remarks shared by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk at Erev Rosh Hashanah worship at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, in the congregational service on Sunday, September 16, 2012. We invite you to share responses, or to forward these remarks and the link to our blog to others, as we seek to engender important discussion and dialogue about Israel Continue Reading »

The power of Jewish Music – A post by Fairmount Temple guest musician Doug Cotler

Posted on July 5, 2012

Why did I pursue life in Jewish music and the Cantorate? Like so many others, my grandmother’s first step in America was on Ellis Island. It was 1905. She was 15. She had left her parents in Russia, in a shelter just outside Slutsk, now a major industrial city, but then a small community not too far Continue Reading »

Shabbat Rituals at Home

Posted on June 5, 2012

Today’s post by rabbinical student Leah Citrin on the Union for Reform Judaism blog is all about Shabbat rituals you can incorporate at home.  Post is HERE. As Jews, we get to celebrate a holiday each and every week—how lucky are we! What’s even better is that it is a holiday that is meant to be Continue Reading »