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Treasurer’s Minute

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For 2018-19, we predict a little better year. We are optimistic we can at least break even, if not have a modest operating surplus ...
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PLAY: The Pursuit of Joy

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Earlier this year, I was taken aback when someone very close to me, defying social etiquette in the name of honest friendship, turned to me and said, “I’m not enjoying your company as much because you don’t seem happy.” I didn’t want to believe it, but it was true, and ...
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Middah of the Month of Tishrei: Empathy

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“Whether that person has earned your care or is even worthy of it is not relevant to acts of compassion. An open heart peers beyond superficial realities to perceive the very essence of another person.” – Alan Morinis Practice:  Identify a person with whom you have conflict and try reaching ...
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Tree of Life Learner

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Congregation Beth Evergreen offers Life-Long Learning in abundance.  In addition to our ongoing K – 7th grade classes, we now have a preschool/ pre-k program called Gan (גַּן).  Gan is the Hebrew word for “garden” and the term for “preschool” in Israel.  It’s nice, right?  A garden is a space ...
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Middah of the Month of Elul: Curiosity

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Ask: How can I make room for a new personal truth today? ...
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Swords Into Plowshares

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I realize that we live in a complicated world, filled with inequity and hatred, violence and fear, kaleidoscopically complex politics, existential threats to the Jewish state, and longstanding cultural, economic and religious differences.  I also believe that the only path forward begins with a sincere attempt by each of us ...
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Middah of the Month of Av: Respect & Honor

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Ask: How do we measure and convey honor and esteem? ...
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The World Cup Runneth Over

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Accessibility.  Smarts and skills.  Literally, sharing the shirt off our backs.  These are among the reasons that soccer has won hearts and minds like mine.  They also reflect three core values of Jewish life and this congregation – inclusivity, life-long learning through regular practice, and mutual support.  ...
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Lifelong Learning

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A couple years ago, I’d shared a quote from my favorite addiction at the time; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.  In the show, a character explains her draw to convert to Judaism: “And here, y’all sayin’ there ain’t no hell. Ain’t sure about heaven. And if you do something ...
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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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Middah 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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