Fifty Year Reflections

Jan 17, 2019 by

In many ways, the Reform movement is quite different today than it was when I was ordained. The Union Prayer Book was used in our...

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The First Time I Was a Rabbi

Jan 16, 2019 by

The first time I was a rabbi happened in a small town in West Virginia. It was not what I had expected. I’m pretty sure it was 1965...

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Reflections on 50 Years in the...

Jan 15, 2019 by

Probably the greatest change in my life was the day Dr. Alvin Reines defined religion in Philosophy class as: “Man’s response to his...

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Planning for CCAR Convention 2...

Jan 10, 2019 by

Initial planning and brainstorming for a CCAR convention begins 18 months prior to a convention, when the convention committee...

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On Global Jewish Responsibilit...

Jan 9, 2019 by

This is an excerpt from the essay, “On Global Jewish Responsibility: Putting the Olam in Tikkun Olam,” by Ruth W. Messinger and Rabbi...

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Hero or Imposter? As a Rabbi S...

Dec 28, 2018 by

Another week passed, and with it, the ups and downs of caring for a community traumatized by the triple devastations: a synagogue...

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The Wonders of Our Past and Fu...

Dec 27, 2018 by

I often think about the future.   Of course, that is pretty vague.  I think about tomorrow, weeks ahead, months ahead…and so...

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