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Kristallnacht and Pittsburgh �" Is it 1938 Again?

11/05/2018 03:45:53 PM


Remarks delivered by Rabbi Zeplowitz at The Community Synagogue on Erev Shabbat (Friday, November 2)

This week's Torah portion is framed by death. It opens with the passing of Sarah, mother of our people and ends with the death of her husband Abraham. After Sarah dies, the first thing Abraham does is “mourn and cry” �" לִסְפֹּ֥�" לְשָׂרָ�-�" וְלִ�'ְכֹּתָֽ�"ּ. As we reflect on the...Read more...

In Response to the Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh

10/30/2018 05:16:55 PM


In Response to the Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh

Our heartfelt sympathies are with those affected by this morning's tragic shooting in Pittsburgh.  We stand with our fellow Jews whose Shabbat morning prayers were violated and whose Shabbat peace and joy were shattered.  If you or someone in your family has a connection to the Tree of Life congregation, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the clergy. 

We...

Holocaust Denial

08/16/2018 12:59:58 PM


[Holocaust denial is] “a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews. Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination.” " ADL CEO Jonathan...Read more...

Anat Hoffman - Activist in Residence Weekend

03/12/2018 03:16:15 PM


“If You See Something, Say Something”

Friday, April 20, 6:30 pm

An invitation to speak up when Israel strays away from its own declared vision. Israel's Declaration of Independence ensures social and political rights to all of Israel's inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; freedom of religion,...Read more...

Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

02/15/2018 08:49:06 PM


Statement on Mass Shooting in Parkland, Florida

With so many others in the nation, we mourn the senseless loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida yesterday.  We pray for healing for those who were injured and comfort for the families of those who were murdered.  For those seeking the words to say to their own children or grandchildren please look here. 

We are aware that a...

Educate People on What Happened, So it Does Not Happen Again

09/14/2017 02:55:53 PM


“My mission is to educate people on what happened, so it does not happen again.”

Stan was five years old in 1939, and spent each day with his German nanny, subsequently, German was the first language he spoke, even though he lived in Poland. When he wasn't...Read more...

Helping Houston

08/30/2017 01:52:06 PM


Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many of you receiving this note recall all too well how difficult it was during the days and weeks after Superstorm Sandy. For many in Texas and Louisiana the situation will be similar, if not much worse. 

If you are looking for a way to help...

Drowning Out Hate with Songs of Love, Kindness and Peace

08/28/2017 01:07:44 PM


The images that we saw in Charlottesville less than two weeks ago shock, sicken and anger us. Such expressions of bigotry erode our communal sense of safety. As Jews, we remember the suffering that hate causes and the dangerous ways bigotry can grow. As Americans, we dream of the society envisioned by President George Washington, who assured the Jewish community that the United States "gives to bigotry no sanction, persecution no...Read more...

How to Cultivate an Innovative Congregational Mindset

05/17/2017 03:45:24 PM


Today in so many contexts, the motto appears to be “innovate or die.” It would be almost impossible to count the number of articles and speeches that have advocated for this approach to business. Innovation success stories such as Apple, GE, and Lego are given as examples to follow; Kodak, Blockbuster, and...Read more...

Sam Pollak Joining the Clergy Team at The Community Synagogue

04/19/2017 07:14:56 PM


Rabbi Sam Pollak


Joining You at The Community Synagogue 
Hello! My name is Sam Pollak, and I am honored and thrilled to be joining The Community Synagogue as your newest rabbi. 

I come to Port Washington from Cincinnati, Ohio, which is both my...Read more...

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