Archive: October 2013

From Hattiesburg, MS to Beachwood, OH – Rabbi Joshua Caruso

Posted on October 3, 2013

This post on “If Not Now, When?” the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple previews Rabbi Caruso’s upcoming series of classes based on cities he visited in his recent January to June 2013 sabbatical travel across America, and his reflections and invitation to the upcoming weekend honoring Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, z’l, whose 100th Continue Reading »

Welcoming the Stranger: Rabbi Joshua Caruso – Rosh Hashanah 5774

Posted on September 9, 2013

This post to “If Not Now, When?” the interactive blog of Fairmount Temple includes the Rosh Hashanah sermon shared by Rabbi Joshua Caruso during the Contemporary Worship service at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. In this post, Rabbi Caruso reflects on “Welcoming the Stranger” and shares images and ideas from his Continue Reading »

Wandering Jews – What One Family Learned Stepping into the World of American Jewry – Rabbi Joshua Caruso

Posted on July 26, 2013

This blog post is excerpted from the D’var Torah shared by Rabbi Joshua Caruso on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Kabbalat Shabbat Worship, a glimpse into the first findings of Rabbi Joshua Caruso after his six-month sabbatical journey with his family across the United States, exploring American Jewish history and the current realities of Jewish Continue Reading »

Monroe, Louisiana

Posted on February 7, 2013

Thank you to Temple B’nai Israel of Monroe, Louisiana, for welcoming me into their community. Thanks to Phyllis Marcus (grandmother of our own Ricky Marcus), for her spirit of generosity in welcoming me, and for working out the logistics so the Caruso family could make this visit.  I also want to acknowledge the Institute for Continue Reading »

Rabbi Caruso – First Week On The Road

Posted on January 14, 2013

My first week on the road for my sabbatical has been eventful! Professionally, I have seen and learned so much. Personally, I have had the chance to spend some valuable time with Leah and the kids. It has been enlightening to see my children as they are every day. We visited Washington, DC, where this Continue Reading »

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 »