Looking at Civil Rights and Social Justice

We hope everyone has a chance to attend the Social Action and Adult Education series by Benjamin Mertz, on Civil Rights and Social Justice. It takes place Thursdays, July 16, 23 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. The first session was very eye-opening, and I would like to share this...

Coping with Covid-19: A Spiritual Perspective

 Dear CBA Family, For most of us, the prospect of coping with a pandemic such as the Coronavirus is a totally new experience. We read of the catastrophic consequences of its outbreak and you may have seen the graphs of how the disease originally spread exponentially...

Purpose and Peace

A recent Facebook meme goes, “Religion is a person sitting in a church (substitute “synagogue”) thinking about kayaking; Spirituality is a person sitting in a kayak thinking about God.” During the course of my work as a rabbi starting back in the spring of 1974, I’ve...

Is Polite Debate a lost Art?

This past September, I pointed out, in my Shofar column, our fascination with conflict. Even a superficial look at society reveals so many ways in which human beings engage in this. From competitive sports to open warfare; from domestic interactions to international...

Feast of Lights

It’s no coincidence that our festival of Chanukah occurs so close to the winter solstice; the days are short and the nights are long. Darkness is all around. Nature has gone to sleep; in some areas, even a deep sleep. Frost has killed much of the summer’s growth and...

Thanksgiving Wishes November, 2019

There’s a definite chill in the air and a joy that the long anticipated first seasonal rain will fall to quench the parched soil and the dried vegetation. There’s a musical sound to the falling rain that I never heard living east of the Rockies. Rain plays...