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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 »

Soul Connection

Posted on September 21, 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 Rosh Hashanah, 2020.      In a swirl, in a mess, in total chaos and disorder, a burst of (what was it? Flame, fire, light?), God began to create… And from Continue Reading »

Reflections from our Confirmands

Posted on August 4, 2020

    Mazel Tov to the Fairmount Temple Confirmation Class of 5780 who were honored during a special Zoom ceremony on Aug. 1. Below are brief statements they shared during the ceremony.     Shayna Caruso Na’aseh V’nishma means to do and then understand. I believe it important to understand why we do things and Continue Reading »

Reflections from Our Religious School Graduates

Posted on August 3, 2020

  Mazel Tov to the 2020 graduates of Fairmount Temple’s Religious School who were honored during a special Zoom ceremony on Aug. 2. Below are brief statements they shared during the ceremony.   Emma Hubbard Continuing my Jewish life, I want to take the values and lessons that years of Religious School has instilled in Continue Reading »

My Life’s Work

Posted on June 16, 2020

Cantor Sarah Sager shared the following column which ran in Fairmount Temple’s June/July issue of the Bulletin.  As I contemplate the milestone anniversary of my work with and presence in this congregation, and my transition to the position of Cantor Laureate, I have been searching for a way to express the myriad thoughts and feelings Continue Reading »

D’Var Torah: Counting the Omer

Posted on May 11, 2020

Cantor Sarah Sager shared  these remarks at the May 8 Shabbat Evening Service which was streamed. I have been struck, and even strengthened, over these last many weeks by the confluence of our Jewish calendar with the unfolding reality of living during a global pandemic.  While news of its nature and imminent arrival were already Continue Reading »