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Specialists create magical moments at Shirlee Green Preschool

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Karen Lucy

“I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendously surprised, surprised at life, at ideas. This is to me the supreme Hasidic imperative: Don’t be old. Don’t be stale.”  When I read this quote from Abraham Joshua Heschel, it reminds me of the wonderful teachers and staff at Shirlee Green Preschool. Every Continue Reading »

A Different Year at Oak Hill Elementary

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

By Lorry Blath, Shaare Emeth volunteer and liaison to Oak Hill Elementary School As a fifth year volunteer at Oak Hill Elementary, I cannot say my enthusiasm has dwindled. I look forward to the south city immigrant neighborhood, to the big bright eyes and to the smiling faces. The two kindergartens have the most patient and Continue Reading »

Can I be pro-Israel and pro-peace in the 21st century?

Posted on March 5, 2018 by

As supporters of Israel’s future as the democratic homeland for the Jewish people, we are deeply concerned by the events of the previous year. But we know that giving up is not an option. We know that as pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, we need to take action to restore U.S. credibility and move closer to a two-state Continue Reading »

For Such a Time As This: Purim in the 21st Century

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

This week we begin the Hebrew month of Adar – a month in which we are traditionally told, “Be happy. It’s Adar.” Adar has been deemed Judaism’s Happiness Month because of its connection to the festival of Purim. I have found that for most people, Purim is a story connected to childhood. We remember it Continue Reading »

Religious School Students Reflect on Civil Rights

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Liessa Alperin

Rabbi Jonah and I, with many of our 8th grade students, traveled to Memphis on a Civil Rights and Social Justice experience this October. It was a joint program with 8th grade students from United Hebrew Congregation. Throughout the weekend, the students engaged in programs that instructed and empowered them about the issues surrounding civil Continue Reading »

Shifting Perspectives

Posted on August 28, 2017 by President Renee Silverstein

I would like to propose a shift in perspective as we enter this season of celebration. The significance of perspective cannot be overstated. The way we see people is reflected in how we treat them. The way we see our responsibility to the greater community is reflected in how we choose to serve. The way Continue Reading »

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