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Weekly Reflection – July 31, 2020

Weekly Reflection – July 31, 2020

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Yesterday, we observed Tisha B’Av, a day reserved in the Hebrew calendar for solemn reflection. Traditionally, Jews spend this day fasting and mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 24, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 24, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve noticed an uptick in photos of freshly baked challah, newly planted gardens, and handmade crafts in my social media feeds. I have watched Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 17, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 17, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Many of my recent conversations with community members and leaders have focused on concerns about what this coming fall is going to look like. When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Read more
Strengthening our Culture of Collaboration

Strengthening our Culture of Collaboration

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Like many in our community, I recently crossed the threshold of 100 days spent mostly at home. These have not been easy days for our community as many people have Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 2, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 2, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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As we plan for what will certainly be a different kind of Fourth of July celebration than those of years past, I have been considering the work ahead, both for Read more
Finding Meaning in a Summer Without Jewish Camp

Finding Meaning in a Summer Without Jewish Camp

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This week, my calendar reminded me to drop off my children at Jewish overnight camp. Every year, I look forward to this special ritual of taking one or more of Read more
Weekly Reflection – June 19, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – June 19, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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During the past three months, I have been reflecting on the ways the Jewish community is responding to these challenging and rapidly changing times. More specifically, I have wondered what Read more
Creating Communities of Belonging

Creating Communities of Belonging

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Like many of you, I have been thinking, reading, and talking about race and racism quite frequently in recent days. Our country and communities continue to grapple with explicit and Read more
Weekly Reflection – June 5, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – June 5, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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As we wrap up a challenging week in a challenging season, it feels appropriate to pause and reflect on where we go from here as a community. I began this Read more
Reflecting on Values and Responsibilities

Reflecting on Values and Responsibilities

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Over the past few months, I have written about the tendency to turn inward, to isolate in our homes and protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors from the threats Read more