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An Update on TOS’s Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted on November 10, 2020

An Update on TOS’s Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many weeks ago we began to share our plans for the potential reopening of our building. With the support of our TOS Board of Trustees and our COVID-19 Reopening Committee, now renamed the Health and Safety Committee, we are taking a thoughtful, deliberate, and multi-tiered scientifically based approach to resuming in-person gatherings, including those in …

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Get out the vote!
Posted on November 3, 2020

Get out the vote!

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman Dear TOS Community, On this “Erev Election Day,” I want you to know that my heart and spirit are with all of you, our beloved community, during this most difficult, anxious, and hopeful of times. Many of you have worked tirelessly for so many months to ensure that our election is …

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Mikdash Ma’At – A Holy Space
Posted on September 25, 2020

Mikdash Ma’At – A Holy Space

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman How to Create a Sanctuary at Home for the High Holy Days For many weeks, we’ve been emphasizing that we want you to feel like you are “under the dome” while you are at home during this year’s High Holy Day services. We understand that even though you will see the …

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Avinu Malkeinu
Posted on September 11, 2020

Avinu Malkeinu

Please enjoy this recording of Avinu Malkeinu by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman, with accompaniment by TOS Music Director, David Sparr.

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Building Our World from Love: Shabbat Insights from Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman
Posted on July 16, 2020

Building Our World from Love: Shabbat Insights from Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman Dear Friends, During this time in the Jewish calendar, we are in a period of acknowledging the profound historical losses of our people, including most centrally the ancient temples in Jerusalem. This year, the sadness we recall at this season– of losing our access to the place where we come together …

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Shabbat Message
Posted on July 10, 2020

Shabbat Message

Board of Trustees Congregants- The TOS Board of Trustees wants to thank each of you who attended this year’s Annual Meeting. This was an unprecedented meeting for unprecedented times in our community’s 177-year history. We had over 100 attendees and spent over 3.5 hours discussing important issues including social justice, the COVID-19 pandemic and the …

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On Forgiveness
Posted on July 3, 2020

On Forgiveness

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer In the first half of this week’s double Torah portion, Chukkat-Balak, the Israelites need to take the long way around the mighty kingdom of Edom. Their suffering extended by the long journey, the Torah explains that they grew, “short of spirit.” (Numbers 21:4). Frustrated by their circumstances and unable to appreciate the …

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Shabbat Message
Posted on June 26, 2020

Shabbat Message

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman This Monday evening, June 29th, TOS members, clergy and staff will come together over Zoom for our Annual Meeting. We will have the opportunity to thank those who served on the Board of Trustees this year, and to welcome new Board members who will serve in the coming year. Most importantly, …

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The Sacred Calling: Pursuing Justice for All
Posted on June 19, 2020

The Sacred Calling: Pursuing Justice for All

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman Today is the anniversary of the proclamation of freedom for black slaves in Texas in 1865, celebrated as “Juneteenth.” At tonight’s service, we will have the opportunity for reflection related to this day. Juneteenth was not historically widely observed throughout the US, but this year, this, too, has changed as our …

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