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Summer 5776/2016: New This Summer! Adult Education Academy - Summer Salons


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This summer, the Adult Education Academy sponsors three free, fun, and diverse summer salons—one in June, July, and August.

Sunday, August 28,  from 2 - 4 PM, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead a session on music and rabbinic literature.  We’ll listen to The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, based on the writings of Isaac the Blind (1160-1235 CE).   Golijov is a contemporary Argentinian composer.

Sunday, September 25, from 2 - 4 PM

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Learning to Listen, and So to Love
 

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This week we read the second portion in the book of Deuteronomy in the Torah, the remarkable sedrah of Va’etchananVa’etchanan includes truly spectacular texts: the Shema, the central statement of God’s oneness in the world, Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad, Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One, followed immediately by the Ve’ahavta, the commandment to love God with all of our hearts, minds, and strength.  

As if that were not enough honor for one Torah portion, Va’etchanan also includes the recitation of the Ten Commandments, the Aseret Hadibrot, for the second time in the Torah.  If you were to rank Torah portions you could easily put Va’etchanan near the top in quality of content.  It is no accident that this powerfully affirming portion is read the week after Tisha B’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, on Shabbat Nachamu, the Sabbath of consolation, for we take comfort in our knowledge that morality and holiness will ultimately bring justice. 
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The Olympics, Politics, and Tisha B’Av

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
August 12, 2016


The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are well under way, and there is much to celebrate, gold medals and world records and new heroes and heroines for the world, as there are at every Olympics.  There are Jewish Olympic stars this year, too, American born and Israeli, both. After an 8 year wait, Israel won its first Olympic medal since 2008 this week when Yarden Gerbi claimed a bronze medal in the women’s judo competition at the Rio games. She became the fourth Israeli judoka to take an Olympic medal, joining Yael Arad, Oren Smadja, and Arik Ze’evi in earlier Olympics. Israel’s four other Olympic medals have come in sailing or canoeing, two courtesy of Gal Fridman, including Israel's only gold medal.  Gerbi also became just the second Israeli woman to win a medal.  And American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman added to her two Olympic golds and a bronze from 2012 in London with another team gold and an individual silver in the all-around gymnastics category, with some of her events left to go. 

Superstar Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky isn’t Jewish—she is a practicing Catholic—but some of her remarkable motivation comes from her Jewish grandmother, Berta.  When Katie was 10, Berta took her to a Jewish cemetery in Prague and showed her the graves of her family members who died during the Holocaust.  The memory clearly stuck with Katie, and that visit is often on her mind, according to interviews.  Read More.

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NewsletterThe August issue of the Temple Times is now available!  Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about us... upcoming events and this month's happenings.

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