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Shabbat Metzora

Posted on April 27, 2022

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, is the sermon shared by Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum during the April 8 Shabbat Evening Service. Shabbat shalom, everyone. It’s wonderful to be here tonight in our Mandel Sanctuary with those of you who are here in person, and all of you joining Continue Reading »

Your Turn to Teach on Zoom!

Posted on June 28, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, was written by Susan Ringel, a teacher in our Fairmount Temple Religious School. Near the conclusion of our full year of learning over Zoom, 2020-21, I offered the following home learning task to the 4th and 5th Grade Parent Child Hebrew Class, and the Continue Reading »

Reflecting on our Sense of Spiritual Direction

Posted on May 25, 2021

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 May 14 Shabbat Evening Service. When our family moved to Cleveland in June, we were approaching the summer peak in Covid-19 cases in Ohio. But, we still wanted to get to know our Continue Reading »

Our movement’s emphasis on the Adaptability of the Teachings of the Talmud

Posted on May 17, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, was shared at the May 16 Shavuot/Confirmation Service by Easton Singer, a Religious School Confirmand and recipient of The Barnett R. Brickner Memorial Award.  Good evening. While I know that we all wish we could be in person celebrating this special occasion Continue Reading »

Hashkivenu Prayer for Minnesota

Posted on April 20, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, was written by Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker of Mt. Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN on April 20, 2021, Hashkiveinu for Minnesota O God, during this turbulent time, help us to lie down with sound hearts that we may rise up with the Continue Reading »

Your History is Rich and your Reach is Great.

Posted on April 14, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, are the remarks shared by Cantor Claire Franco during the Shabbat Evening Service celebrating Cantor Vladimir Lapin’s installation, April 9, 2021. Shabbat Shalom, I am Cantor Claire Franco and it is my pleasure and honor to be speaking to you this evening.  Continue Reading »

Cantor Lapin Builds Sukkat Shalom

Posted on April 14, 2021

This post on If Not Now, When?, the interactive blog of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, are the remarks shared by Rabbi Rachel Steiner during the Shabbat Evening Service celebrating Cantor Vladimir Lapin’s installation, April 9, 2021. Shabbat Shalom.  Thank you for welcoming me this evening. We are mid- story right now – a story we tell and retell 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 »