Change to The Chesed Project

The Chesed Project has been providing rides and other services for those with long term health care needs. Beginning on April 28, Diane Alderman will be coordinating our volunteers.  If you can give even two hours a month, please contact Diane at 281-3489 or at have many volunteers ready to make friendly phone calls or visits, do shopping, or run other errands for those in our community who may be in need of some assistance.  If you know someone who who could use a little help now and then, please contact the Rabbi or Diane.  We respect the confidentiality of all our requesters.Both giving and receiving  can be a mitzvah.


May 2008: The Summer of ’82…

I had lunch the other day with an old friend I had never met before.  How can that be, you might ask?  The woman I had lunch with serves on the board of directors of Camp Ramah in New England and although we had never personally met, our common experiences and strong feelings about Jewish camping and Ramah, in particular, made it seem like we had. (more…)



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IM Issue 13 – April 2008


Eight teenage students were killed and nine others were wounded when a terrorist entered a crowded Jerusalem yeshiva and opened fire on March 6th. The head of the Zaka emergency service described the scene after the shooting as “like a slaughterhouse.” Three of the wounded in the attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva were in serious condition while the other six were slightly hurt.


April 2008: Haman, Pharaoh and the Chief Rabbinate…

You have all heard the joke.  It goes something like this:

“Most Jewish holidays can be described the same way:  They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.”  

This punch line also serves as the refrain in “Passover Song,” a song touted by the New Jersey Jewish Standard as “a hilariously inaccurate account of the Passover story.” Having reviewed the lyrics myself, I’m not sure that I would call the song “hilarious,” though it certainly is inaccurate. (more…)


Honest Reporting on Gaza

    Special Report: Gaza - Israel Responds to Hamas's Escalation A look at the context behind Israel's military ops in Gaza.     Loss of human life in a conflict is invariably an ugly situation and one that creates intense media interest. Such is the case of Israel's military operations in Gaza that are currently making international headline news. However, the focus on Palestinian casualties ignores the context behind Israel's actions and only tells a part of the real story. HAMAS FIRES KATYUSHAS AT ASHKELON Sderot and the western Negev region have been under constant attack from Qassam missiles and mortars. Palestinian terrorists have deliberately set out to kill and maim innocent Israeli civilians making life unbearable for those within missile range. Since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in mid-June 2007, over 800 rockets and over 900 mortar bombs have been fired. Since Thursday 28 February alone, over 100 rockets have been launched at southern Israel. At the…


March 2008: Memoirs of a Ga-Ga Champion…

It turns out that Ga-Ga may not be a 40 year-old man’s sport.  Make no mistake:  I took on all challengers and emerged victorious at the TBS First Annual Winter Shabbaton Ga-Ga Tournament.  But as I write this, I must admit that my muscles are a bit sore.  I suspect that the dozen or so other contestants, ranging in age from 5 to 15, probably feel fine.  Sore or not, though, we all had a great time. (more…)


Doris Arotsky Katz – Devorah bat Layzer ve-Shayna – February 29, 2008

Doris Katz was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother and a cherished friend. Doris has fought for a long time and the last five weeks were just terrible. Doris was a certain kind of person who didn’t want to draw attention to herself and didn’t want to complain. It was her last act of kindness and love: She didn’t want her loved ones to be more upset than they already were and so she didn’t show how much pain she was in. Every person has the right to be herself. I think of this as a person’s integrity as a person. If I can find any comfort in these last weeks, it is that Doris was herself right to the end. (more…)