Posts by Naomi Gurt Lind

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Sharing the Adventure…Together

by Naomi Gurt Lind

#TOSsnapshots In this series of short blog posts from TOS staff and lay leaders, you’ll learn what each of us is most proud of about TOS. Each of these aspects is a snapshot that represents part of the diverse collage that makes Ohabei Shalom so special. Enjoy! And let us know what you think. Wherever […]

A Sanctuary for All People

by Naomi Gurt Lind

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). This is part of a series of blog posts highlighting Inclusion at Temple Ohabei Shalom and cultivating diverse voices within our community. *** In my time away from the office, one of my great pleasures is singing with the Zamir Chorale. And one of the great pleasures […]

Shabbat B’yachad means Shabbat Together

by Naomi Gurt Lind

With the cold weather coming and the days growing shorter and darker, it’s nice to step back and look at what’s going right. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the day-to-day responsibilities or to feel uneasy about the many troubles of the world. I want to pause for a moment and kvell. What’s got me […]

Beginning again

by Naomi Gurt Lind

I love Simchat Torah! In addition to the music and dancing, I love the symbolism of it. The fact that we finish the Torah and start it again on the same night – actually in the same minute – is a great metaphor for life, and for adult learning. Although many of us began our […]

TOS Walks for Hunger Relief on May 1 – Join us!

by Naomi Gurt Lind

In Pirkei Avot (Sayings of the Fathers) Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah wrote, “Im ein kemach, ein Torah. Im ein Torah, ein kemach.” (If there is no food, there is no Torah. If there is no Torah, there is no food.) This intriguing paradox teaches us that we cannot expect — of ourselves or others — to […]

Richard Halpern on the Walk for Hunger

by Naomi Gurt Lind

By guest blogger Richard Halpern Why walk in the Walk for Hunger? It’s a fact that many children and families in Massachusetts are lacking necessities like three meals a day. They lack food in a land of plenty. I walk because I can; this is my way of giving back, providing hope and helping to […]

It’s Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

by Naomi Gurt Lind

What does Inclusion include? “Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh.” All Jews are responsible for one another. The Jewish emphasis on community and caring for each other is inherent in our tradition, from The Talmud through Maimonides’ tiers of righteousness to today’s great thinkers. Rabbi Harold Kushner has taught, “Jews don’t pray for, Jews pray with,” […]

Shalom @ Home Returns

by Naomi Gurt Lind

…As we were saying… Two years ago, we launched Shalom @ Home. This award-winning program was my first step in getting to know the community and helping the community to get to know itself better. Through the course of the year, congregants met in each other’s homes for light snacks and juicy conversation on topics […]

Family Mitzvah Team – The Miracle of Enough

by Naomi Gurt Lind

The story of Chanukah tells of a one-night supply of lamp oil that miraculously lasted for eight nights, long enough for a community to get back on its feet. There have been times in my life when I was convinced I didn’t have enough — but turned out, thanks to my community, to have exactly […]

Sacred Discontent

by Naomi Gurt Lind

Earlier this year, after a prolonged application process, Lauren Feldman (Membership Chair on the TOS Board) and I were selected by the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) to participate in a Community of Practice around small-group engagement. We were hoping to build on the successes of Shalom @ Home and find more ways to create islands […]

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