Archive 2011

Moment of Silence for Victims of Shooting in Tucson, Arizona

Saturday's shooting in Tuscon, AZ was a tragedy. May we soon know the day when all Americans and all the world are free from senseless violence. Below please find a note from the White House calling for a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims and to pray for those still fighting for their lives. 

President Obama calls for Moment of Silence for Victims of Shooting in Tucson, Arizona
"Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart."
The President will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn. The moment of silence will be pooled press.
Today, the President has signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.

What I took away from Eit Ratzon

I am starting in a new pulpit on July 1st, and Eit Ratzon was very helpful.  Rabbis Schoenberg and Lebeau emphasized the importance of building relationships and gave specific ways to do so.  Among the techniques discussed were understanding personality types, learning the congregation's history and stories, and active listening.  I also learned elements of a positive installation, advice on first impressions, and how to manage expectations.  I enjoyed seeing over thirty colleagues and synagogue leaders as well.  I now have much to share with my lay leaders so we can lay the groundwork for a lasting relationship.  

Reflection by Rabbi Michael Pont

Magen Tzedek Responds to Agudath Israel

The misleading statement by Agudath Israel concerning Magen Tzedek is a misrepresentation of a very important development in kosher food production in America. Magen Tzedek is based on our assertion that biblical and rabbinic law mandate fair treatment of workers (בל תלין), humane treatment of animals (צער בעלי חיים) and care of the earth (בל תשחית and שמירת הארץ) which can be translated into measurable standards applicable to commercial food production. These standards were developed in collaboration with SAAS, an organization acknowledged worldwide for its expertise in ethical certification programs.

Azkarat Neshamot 2011

In memory of departed colleagues. 

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg, rabbi emeritus, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, D.C.
Cantor Avraham Alpert, Temple Beth Sholom, Las Vegas, NV
Cantor Andres Kornworcel, Midbar Kodesh Temple, Henderson, NV