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  • July 8, 2017
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Seeing the Israel-American Jewish Reality Through a New Lens

  The Bible is filled with quotes, someone once said. But of course, often what we think is a quote is in fact not. For instance, Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Neither Ingrid Bergman nor anyone else in Casablanca says “Play it again, Sam”; Leo Durocher did not say “Nice guys finish […]

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  • June 22, 2017
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Temple Sholom Israel Trip Officially Begins!

A wonderful Friday in Jaffa and the heart of old Tel Aviv. The view from our Tel Aviv Hotel We had a wonderful Yemenite Dinner tonight in classic old Tel Aviv and many of us walked back to the hotel. Tomorrow bright and early for our first full day!

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  • June 5, 2017
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Six Day War, Fifty Years Later

I am here in Washington, D.C., with many members of the congregation and the wider Chicago Jewish community, attending the annual Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee. The 2500 attendees are here to learn from top scholars and politicians on matters of world justice and continued engagement in the State of Israel. Since the […]

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  • May 31, 2017
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Making the Most of Our Time

  Chag Sameach! A Quick survey: How many people in the congregation regularly wear a wristwatch? {Ask for a show of hands of those who use another device to tell time and the youngsters will happily pull out their cell phones (be advised that you may lose them for a minute while they check their […]

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  • January 31, 2017
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Open The Gates

“For you have known the heart of the stranger….” (Exodus 23:9) The picture above shows my mother, Regina Ohringer, mostly hidden by the man in the white suit in the middle. You can see on the right my Aunt Lottie. They were with their parents on the SS Flandre, a French ship that in May, […]

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  • November 9, 2016
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Words of Comfort in a Dark Time

The Journey to a Better Tomorrow Begins Today A Message from Rabbi Edwin Goldberg November 9, 2016 This morning many of us in this country and congregation feel as though they are in mourning. I certainly feel that way. This is not because of Democrats or Republicans but because our country has been through a […]

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  • October 11, 2016
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Therefore, Choose Life

Can we talk about things that annoy us? Every day brings us an array of stuff that tries our patience. You buy something that needs to be assembled, and the instructions don’t make sense. You’re out on a golf course and you hit a straight drive; but when you get to where it ought to […]

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  • October 3, 2016
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Civility (Derekh Eretz), Now More Than Ever

Shanah Tovah. You may or may not like it, but I promise this day I am not going to speak about the current presidential campaign; I mean, hasn’t enough been said already? And yet, I do want to wax nostalgic for a moment about a previous campaign, not that long ago. These days past presidential […]

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  • August 13, 2016
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Power To Make Good Choices

I am sure that many of us have been watching the Olympics. This year’s Olympics has had a historic first: a team of 10 athletes who are displaced persons from South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria and are now together as members of the Refugee Olympic Team. As a team, the […]

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