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Life and Legacy – Giving that Builds and Sustains Communities

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Legacy giving is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is of utmost value to CBE and to the North American Jewish community. Legacy gifting allows the donor to share the impact our synagogue had on their lives ...
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Midah of the month of Tamuz: Trust

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"A person who tries to practice trust in God while leaving themselves a backup plan is like a person who tries to learn to swim but insists on keeping one foot on the ground."  Rabbi Yosef Yozel Hurwitz ...
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Sowing Seeds of Lasting Legacies

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Spring.  What a wonderful word naming this season.  Like many Hebrew words, it’s a noun that rings like a verb, as it should.  Deciduous trees and flowers are budding, and so are imaginations.  Marti, my wife, and I have been busy, like the bees in their new hive, plotting and ...
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Tikkun Olam

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One of the wonderful characteristics of our congregation is the high level of individual commitment to Tikkun Olam.  Many of our congregants are active in favored charitable organizations, some hold board positions and/or perform committee work.  Over the past year, I have been thinking about how to best incorporate support ...
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Let’s Play Ball!

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“A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I’d rather walk with the bases loaded.” – Ken Singleton, former professional baseball player. ...I enjoy the friendships made, the sense of community and being out on the ballfield with fellow congregants from CBE. It’s fun! So, I encourage you ...
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Midah of the Month of Sivan: Faithfulness

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"Emunah is trusting in the world, being worthy of the trust of others, and being firmly rooted and steadfast. " Rabbi David Jaffe ...
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Calling All Those Interested in CBE Finance and Budget

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Every year at this time, the CBE Board, its Treasurer and all of our committee heads are busy putting together plans and programs for the next fiscal year into an annual budget of revenue and expense. The Board reviews the budget at its monthly meeting every May and approves the ...
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Learn, Laugh and Linger With Esteemed Scholar in Residence Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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Rabbi Rami writes: “A Jew is defined by her or his commitment to Judaism (however understood) rather than blood. Our challenge is to teach our children to invent the future and not preserve a frozen and romanticized past. If we are not about tomorrow we will find that we have ...
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Psalm 81: A Psalm to Sing Again and Gather-us-in

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Harninu – Why not?  Why not sing For God’s sake, from the core, voice our strength, voice our joy, ...
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Middah of the Month of Iyyar: Generosity

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“Generosity is a movement of the soul that erupts when you are pierced by the recognition of your direct connection to another soul.”  Dr. Alan Morinis ...
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From Sorrow to Song

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By that Friday, I was physically and emotionally exhausted.  I didn’t want to sing.  Or pray.  Or socialize.  Or eat.  I just wanted to go home to bed.  Instead, I came here, and somehow was buoyed by this community, nourished by the communal meal, inspired by the song, and moved ...
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Passover Teacher Feature

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When asked to share some fond memories or special ways they celebrate Passover, CBE's Religious School teachers remind us of what it is we are really trying to do here; to fill up with joy, to nurture our souls and to share the love in the most rewarding ways. (Originally ...
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Middah of the Month of Nisan: Compassion

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“Compassion is the ability to emotionally relate to the condition of another and to respond with kindness and concern. It is not judgmental, it does not point fingers.  It seeks to raise another person’s soul and make life easier to bear.”   Riverton Mussar ...
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All Aboard the Member Ship!

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Spring is in the air!  Spring is the time of renewal. Days get longer, and the Earth reawakens from its winter slumber, exploding with new life as trees, plants and fields begin to turn green.  The greens on the Seder plate represent the coming of spring. Spring is also symbolic ...
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The “Rabbi’s Message”

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I’m writing this slowly, because I know you can’t read very fast. To tell the truth, I’m quite famous. I’ve been called a great suppository of wisdom. When I get together with other sages, I stand out like a maxilla, a fontanel. My pondering includes many deep and numismatic things, ...
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The Sages Answer your Questions: Why Chinese Food is Kosher

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Congregation Beth Evergreen has had the unique opportunity of being able to host seven great sages of Jewish law.  Find out why Chinese food is kosher in today's blog post ...
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How to make shellfish kosher for Purim and other Holidays

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For Chinese foods, no Rabbinic inspection or blessings are necessary, whether dining in one’s home or out in a Chinese restaurant.  Under further Talmudic discussion are whether or not this rule applies to Thai and Vietnamese dishes as well ...
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From the Board

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After that, I decided to have that dinner with Esther and Mr. Hamanov at the sushi restaurant down by the lake.  Out of the blue, my beautiful wife tells me that there is someone who is plotting to destroy her people unnecessarily, and that it is Mr. Hamanov! ...
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What’s a Jew to Chew? Addendum to the Responsive of Rebbe Schlepper

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Humbly submitted by Rebbe Tsedreyt Notes of Caution: Abstain from reading the following tractate until the first readily identifiable female  voice wells up during our sacred Purim Spiel. In the event you are absent from the performance of our spiel or you lack the ability to discipline your curious, jaded ...
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G-d’s Will About Wells

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By Rabbi Netanyahu Schlepper When a desert tribe encounters a well that lacks a bucket, the Talmud directs that all who go on two legs shall each draw a straw; but those with big mouths shall draw two; and the obese, whose buttocks would plug the well, shall draw none, ...
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