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Dvar Torah - Parashat Bereishit: In honor of this #ShowUpForShabbat, on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue

10/25/2019 01:26:18 PM

Oct25

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Thank you for “showing up for Shabbat” tonight. To mindfully mark time and to notice where we are now in relation to where we have been, and where we hope to go - that is a distinctively Jewish act....Read more...

Acting Executive Director & Education Director: The Role of a Lifetime

10/22/2019 06:41:48 PM

Oct22

Shari Churwin

When I watched the Emmy’s a few weeks ago, I was struck by all of the thank-you’s. Every actor, writer, director, costume designer – their first reaction was to say thank you to everyone who supported them along the way. It was clear that none of them could have achieved their success without a...Read more...

Learning the Lessons of History - Yom Kippur 5780

10/10/2019 09:14:15 AM

Oct10

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer - Delivered Yom Kippur 5780

In high school, I had three amazing teachers - Mr. DeBischop, Mr. Navage, and Mr. Satler, who inspired in me a love of history and changed the direction of my professional ambitions. I was fascinated by the stories of great...Read more...

High Holy Days with Children at TOS

10/03/2019 01:30:10 PM

Oct3

Shari Churwin and Amy Deutsch

 

 

Yom Kippur.

Often the last thing on our mind, as we prepare our homes and ourselves for this holy day, is preparing our children. And the thing is—Yom Kippur services are different from traditional Shabbat services at TOS. Having a quick conversation (or two) with our...Read more...

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

09/29/2019 08:00:00 PM

Sep29

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

Shana tovah. Two rabbis walk into a bar. One rabbi says:

The world was created in the fall in the month of Tishrei. In Tishrei the Patriarchs were born; in Tishrei the Patriarchs died; on Passover Isaac was born; on Rosh HaShana Sarah, Rachel, and...Read more...

On Tisha B'Av We Remember & Mourn

08/09/2019 11:31:57 PM

Aug9

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

 

We are approaching the end of the three weeks, a period of time that culminates tomorrow night with the arrival of Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning. I’m incredibly grateful that Judaism sets aside sacred time for us to be sad, to feel down, and to get in touch with despair. These are emotions that we often push away because we feel obligated to be happy, distract ourselves with the busyness of life, or just...Read more...

Reflections on the Past Year

06/27/2019 01:59:01 PM

Jun27

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

At the June 19th Annual Meeting, I noted that on that...Read more...

Invocation and Remarks by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

06/26/2019 12:55:41 PM

Jun26

Annual Meeting 2019

 

It has been my honor to...Read more...

A Message from Rabbi Berkman

11/16/2018 11:29:03 AM

Nov16

Dear Friends,

Across the country, many thousands of our Jewish sisters and brothers are experiencing the horror of having lost loved ones, homes, businesses, and several Jewish institutions including camps and a Jewish day school. (See this article for more information on the impact on the Jewish...Read more...

A letter of gratitude from Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

11/06/2018 07:26:03 PM

Nov6

Dear TOS Community,

 

I am filled with gratitude for the many blessings of last Friday evening’s Installation, when we marked the official start...Read more...

Installation Remarks

11/02/2018 04:00:00 PM

Nov2

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

My already-beloved community, cherished family, friends, colleagues: How very humbling to be called to the leadership of this kehilla kedoshah, this holy community, at this moment in history. It is not an easy moment - it is arguably the most challenging and shocking time for American Jews in many decades,...Read more...

Refugee tzedakah project

10/24/2018 12:47:32 PM

Oct24

Written by a grade 6 ARS student, as inspired by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer's sermon on Friday night, 10/19/2018

Did you know that there are refugee families in Brookline that need our help? There is one that even goes to school here at TOS. I really want to help his family as they don’t have much. With the help of Rabbi Schaefer and Amy, we are having a spare change drive here at ARS starting next week.

This is so easy. Did you know...Read more...

Rabbi Schaefer's Sermon on National Refugee Shabbat

10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM

Oct19

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

This week’s Torah portion, Lech L'cha, begins with the famous words:

וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ

God said to Abram, “Go forth from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s house.”

Why does God specify three...Read more...

Transgender Civil Rights Are Vulnerable in November

09/27/2018 07:30:00 AM

Sep27

Linda Puretz & Susan Zeiger

 

Here’s How the Jewish Community Can Help

 

Cherishing our friends and family in the LGBTQ community—and standing up for their safety and civil rights—is an expression of our caring and inclusive values at Ohabei Shalom. We want to ensure that all people in our community are treated...Read more...

ARS 2018-2019 Vision: B'tzelem Elohim

09/26/2018 05:48:00 PM

Sep26

Amy Deutsch

At ARS, we approach curriculum through a variety of ways. There’s the Hebrew and Judaica curriculum that students examine in the classroom, the tefilah questions that help students dive into prayer and theology at our weekly service, and each...Read more...

YOM KIPPUR 5779/2018

09/24/2018 07:30:00 AM

Sep24

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

 

ONE SOUL AT A TIME:

MENTAL HEALTH AND TIKKUN OLAM

YOM KIPPUR MORNING SERMON

 

 

A couple of years ago, I started noticing a tremendous upsurge in ads...Read more...

KOL NIDRE 5779/2018

09/24/2018 05:30:00 AM

Sep24

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

BUILDING ON BROKENNESS: THE HOLINESS OF WHOLENESS

Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. If you use social media  -- sometimes you’re the ones posting carefully curated photos of our delicious meal, our adorable kids or grandkids, our phenomenal vacation - we are “hashtag...Read more...

ROSH HASHANAH 5779/2018

09/23/2018 07:56:03 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH
INTRODUCTION TO THE HAFTARAH READING
(I Samuel 1:1-2:10)

Last weekend was the US Open’s Women’s Tennis Final, and it pitted perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, Serena Williams,...Read more...

ROSH HASHANAH 5779/2018

09/23/2018 07:00:00 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

SHEMA!:

HEARING AND SHARING OUR STORIES TO

BUILD A STRONGER COMMUNITY AND A

BETTER WORLD

 

Read more...

A Message from Our President

09/05/2018 09:42:42 PM

Sep5

by Rachel Calmas

Dear Friends,

As part of our strategic planning process, this past June the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt Tikkun Olam, Caring and Inclusive Community and Jewish and General Education as Temple Ohabei Shalom’s core values. These values were identified through our strategic planning...Read more...

A Word of Torah

09/02/2018 06:30:00 AM

Sep2

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

Last night at Selichot, we sang the words of Hashiveinu, reminding us that this is the season for...Read more...

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts - The Gift & Power of Emotional Courage

08/24/2018 07:49:02 AM

Aug24

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

It is said in a midrash that the gates of teshuvah (repentance/return) are always open....Read more...

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts-The Courageous Act of Waking Up!

08/17/2018 10:23:44 AM

Aug17

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

The sound of the shofar is, it has been said, a kind of spiritual alarm clock. With the dawn of the Hebrew month of Elul, this primal sound, seeming to encompass the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience within it, calls us to mindfulness, to wakefulness, and asks us plaintively and...Read more...

A Word of Torah: The New Moon

08/10/2018 11:28:29 AM

Aug10

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

The new moon this weekend begins the new month of Elul. By the time the moon has waxed and waned we’ll be arriving at Rosh Hashanah, the start of a new year. Elul is a time for preparing for the High Holy Days, of awakening ourselves to do the work of teshuvah.

A Midrash on the Song of...Read more...

A New Partnership & Two Events

08/03/2018 02:07:20 PM

Aug3

by Lori Berry and Donna Rubenoff

Dear friends,

This is Lori Berry and Donna Rubenoff. We want to introduce ourselves as the co-leaders of the new temple-wide partnership that we launched in June with The...Read more...

A word of Torah: Gratitude for our food

07/29/2018 06:31:24 AM

Jul29

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

 

 

The early Rabbis who codified the Oral Torah in the Mishnah and Talmud, made a distinction between religious obligations that were considered d’oraita (from the Torah) and d’rabbanan (from the rabbis). In this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we read the source for...Read more...

Shabbat ~ Taking a moment to breathe together

07/02/2018 10:05:01 AM

Jul2

by Rabbi Audrey Berkman

Shabbat, as our sages understood, is a taste of the world as it should be – a pause from the busyness and noise of the day-to-day and a time to be...Read more...

TOS Shows its Pride

06/05/2018 08:00:00 PM

Jun5

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Today, for the first time, our 175-year-old congregation marched as a community in Boston’s Pride Parade.

Shehechiyanu! It was such a wonderful celebration of life and love. From our truck, complete with a replica of our synagogue’s dome on top, we cheered, waved, and returned shouts of...Read more...

Rabbi Berkman's Invocation-Annual Meeting 2018

06/05/2018 07:00:00 PM

Jun5

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

Invocation and Reflections:

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Parashat Bo—the Ninth Plague: Darkness by Ellen Mosner

03/26/2018 05:49:03 PM

Mar26

Ellen Mosner

The origin of my name Ellen is derived from the Greek root ēlē meaning light or bright.  Perhaps that explains why I’ve always had an affinity for light.  Or more precisely, fire.  If you build a fire, I will be lost to it, mesmerized by the flames for hours.  So, it makes sense that of...Read more...

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