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BoardBlog, May 2014

May marked the final Board Meeting for our current president Ken Eisner. Read on to learn more.

Rabbi Katz’ Column

When Allie Shepard, Matt Weis, Brandon Singer and Casey Ferrara stand on the bimah to be confirmed this year they will not only be leading the congregation in the prayer, they will also be presenting an implicit challenge to the congregation. Shavuot is the festival that celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments. It is [...]

Rabbi Katz’ Column – May 12

Church vs. State Rabbi’s Message for Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Last week, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that it was permissible to offer sectarian prayers before town hall meetings. The “New York Times” reported that ‘Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said that a town in upstate New York had not [...]

Are there Jews on Mars?

Are there Jews on Mars?

Well, not yet, but there could be in a decade or so, if Temple Member Todd Hertzberg gets his way.

Rabbi Katz’ Column – April 28

Reflections on Mitzvah Day at TOS It’s been three weeks since Mitzvah Day brought its wonderful, positive energy to the Temple. I am still smiling. There were opportunities everywhere to perform mitzvot. You could, for instance, make a blanket for an animal in need, write a letter to a soldier in Israel or in the [...]

The AJL’s Holiday Idea Guide:

FOR YOM HA’ZIKARON, YOM HA’ATZMAUT AND YOM YERUSHALAYIM
. Every country has a few days throughout the year when the country celebrate its national identity. Each has a unique and different way to commemorate their heroes and honor those who dedicated their lives to make the dream a reality. The Agency for Jewish Learning offers the National Holidays Idea Guide as a tool to help families and schools share Israeli traditions and stories and in that way connect with the Homeland.

BoardBlog, April 2014

April has come and just about gone, and with it another board meeting has been completed. Election and budgeting season is upon us, so this one proved to be a long and information-packed one! Read more to find out some of the great information that came from our meeting this month.

Rabbi Katz’ Column – April 22

This past Sunday afternoon I saw the movie, “Noah.” The movie has been criticized for hitting the theme of environmentalism in too heavy handed a way. I, for one, saw no problem there. For three thousand years we Jews have taken liberties with our holy texts, embellishing them to make important sermonic points. We call [...]

Rabbi Katz’ Column – April 7

“Mitzvah goreret Mitzvah.” (Avot 4.2) One mitzvah brings on another mitzvah. And that is how it was on Mitzvah Day here at Temple Ohav Shalom on Sunday. Writing letters to soldiers in the U.S. armed services and in Israel, making blankets for animals in shelters, buying baked goods with the proceeds going to a shelter [...]

Jewish Chronicle Highlights TOS and Rabbi Milkow

Jewish Chronicle Highlights TOS and Rabbi Milkow

See the BIG NEWS on the front page of this week’s Jewish Chronicle.