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A Contrarian’s View of Hanukkah by Denise Karlin

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First of all, please don’t get me wrong and throw stale latkes at me, but my take on Hanukkah is a bit different than most — or at least most who will say so publicly. Hanukkah is so easy to like — it has wonderfully yummy (and bad for you) food, fun games like dreidel, […]

Chanukah at TOS: A Message from Rabbi Sonia

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Dear friends, One of my favorite sights of all times is when our Sanctuary is aglow with the flickering of Chanukah candles sitting in menorahs of varying shapes and sizes. It is a sight not to be missed! However, did you know that the Talmud teaches that our Chanukah candles should be placed “at the entrance to […]

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Your Voice Counts!

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Dear Members, In our last update we shared that our strategic planning process has officially launched! We are being guided through this work by consultants, Margie Zohn and Guy Sapirstein, from CJP’s Leadership Development Institute. The consultants are working closely with an Ohabei Shalom Strategic Planning Leadership Team. This team includes: Rachel Calmas, Danielle Dykeman, […]

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Rachel Calmas
& Georgia Churilla

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Dear Members, We would like to give you an update on both our strategic planning process and the Temple’s clergy transition.  We are very fortunate that Rabbi Berkman has so seamlessly been integrated into our community and that there will be continuity in the spiritual leadership of the synagogue. We are pleased to announce that […]

Social Action Legacy of the Month~
September 2017: School Equity

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LEGACY: Striving for School Equity For each month of our anniversary year we will post a social justice “legacy of the month”—an action, initiative or event in our synagogue’s history that reflects our abiding commitment to Tikkun Olam. Taken together, these “highlights” demonstrate the creativity, energy, courage and initiative of our leaders and members as […]

From Our Clergy: Thoughts on Charlottesville

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August 14, 2017 Dear TOS Community, The events of last Shabbat in Charlottesville — neo-Nazis and white supremacists holding torches and Nazi flags, spewing Nazi slogans, wearing swastikas and military gear, their faces contorted with rage — have us all reeling. Our beloved community is one that always has and always will stand together with […]

Annual Community Meeting: Larry Green’s Remarks

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When I assumed my responsibilities at the Annual Meeting three years ago, I spoke of the three meanings of Temple Ohabei Shalom: as a congregation, as an historic physical structure and as a long-standing Jewish Heritage. With the help, support and generosity of hundreds of people, I am happy to say that today Temple Ohabei […]

Discovering New Pathways to Aging

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By Hilda Lopez Written about Hilda’s experience in Donna Rubenoff’s Wise Aging Course (Sessions I and II) Donna will be starting a new Wise Aging group in October 2017 Age and growing older is a journey everyone takes. My dad (papi), who lived until the age of 90, used to say that growing old in […]

Social Action Legacy of the Month~
March 2017:
I Do! Celebrating Marriage Equality

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LEGACY: Marriage Equality For each month of our anniversary year we will post a social justice “legacy of the month”—an action, initiative or event in our synagogue’s history that reflects our abiding commitment to Tikkun Olam. Taken together, these “highlights” demonstrate the creativity, energy, courage and initiative of our leaders and members as they sought […]

Social Action Legacy of the Month~
May 2017:
Freedom of Religious Expression

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LEGACY: Creating the First Jewish Cemetery For each month of our anniversary year we will post a social justice “legacy of the month”—an action, initiative or event in our synagogue’s history that reflects our abiding commitment to Tikkun Olam. Taken together, these “highlights” demonstrate the creativity, energy, courage and initiative of our leaders and members […]

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