Every1Counts: Day 16

April 15, 2018  30 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS SIXTEEN DAYS, WHICH IS TWO WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, OF THE OMER


Isaac K.


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Every1Counts: Days 14 and 15 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat)

April 13, 2018  28 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FOURTEEN DAYS, WHICH IS TWO WEEKS, OF THE OMER


My response when people ask me what kind of Jew I am is, “I’m a mutt!” While I worked in a (mostly) Reform (but also Conservative) congregation, I sent my kids to Solomon Schechter day school, a hallmark of the Conservative movement. Growing up, I went to an Orthodox day school and attended a Reconstructionist synagogue on the Upper West Side. A large dose of Reform, a healthy heaping of Orthodox, a few cups of Conservative and a dash of Reconstructionist – you can see why “mutt” seems like the right answer.

At the end of the day, I don’t believe my denomination of Judaism matters. As an adult, my idea of being Jewish is to pull from all of these traditions in order to make a Judaism that is personal, relevant, and meaningful to my family and me. This often entails creating my own version of things.

Judaism is not just about following the rules in an old set of books. It is about helping us answer the most fundamental questions about our lives, and we are entitled to draw on every part of our rich tradition to do so.

Pamela Barkley


April 14, 2018  29 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FIFTEEN DAYS, WHICH IS TWO WEEKS AND ONE DAY, OF THE OMER

*We are posting this response today, so you do not have to use your computer/phone on Shabbat.


It offers a sense of belonging.  To be part of a group of people with very much in common.

NEIL B.


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Every1Counts: Day 13

April 12, 2018  27 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTEEN DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish to me means being very family oriented. When at Temple being with a community of loving and caring people. Feeling at peace listening to the Rabbi and Cantor also while praying out loud or silently. Knowing that nothing can happen while I am at Temple. Making new friends and helping when I can, no matter the age. Knowing how I feel or how I believe does not matter, I am accepted for me. Being Jewish is accepting people in your life who have different beliefs or different ideas how they want to live their life. Being Jewish to me is the most wonderful feeling and knowing no one can take that away.

Laurie Bauer


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Every1Counts: Day 12

April 11, 2018  26 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS TWELVE DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means lighting Shabbat candles in a hotel room, on a train, once using two red Crayolas at a Friendly’s on a road trip with the kids, as stand-ins for candles.

It means my daughter calling me every Friday night for the last 12 years, no matter where she is, even from Cuba, to wish me Shabbat Shalom.

It means building a Sukkah with my dad and having my whole family pile in for pizza.

It means my husband and I cancelling a trip abroad when we belatedly realized it would fall during Rosh Hashanah.

Being Jewish and part of this community means friends, family, and neighbors walking me around the block on the last day of shiva after my mom’s death to end the period of mourning, and right into Shabbat dinner to begin life again.

Sharon DeLevie


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Every1Counts: Day 11

April 10, 2018  25 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS ELEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND FOUR DAYS, OF THE OMER


I’d like to share a story that I feel sums up my feelings on being Jewish. I walked into a meeting at a brand new school wearing my Tel Aviv University sweatshirt. Immediately, I was asked by one of my classmates if I had studied in Tel Aviv and about my connection to Israel. I made a new friend, based solely on the fact that we both could understand the Hebrew on my shirt. Being Jewish means wherever I go, I will have a community. I will always be part of something bigger than myself, and I am reminded of that every day. Perhaps most importantly, being Jewish has given me the opportunity to connect to Israel in a very unique way. Israel has given me a second home, where even taxi drivers say Shabbat Shalom on Friday nights. I cannot adequately express how that feels in words, to know there is a place where I will always be accepted and safe.

Arielle Gur

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Every1Counts: Day 10

April 9, 2018  24 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS TEN DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND THREE DAYS, OF THE OMER


The essence of being Jewish for me centers on the celebration of Shabbat. Shabbat enables me to take a step back from everyday life, and to pause, recharge and reconnect to the divine. The ritual of observing Shabbat at Temple Beth Abraham is especially comforting, where the supportive atmosphere fostered by Rabbi David and Cantor Margot allows me to turn my gaze inward and then upward, to meditate on the lessons of the Torah, and to draw closer to Adonai.

S.A. Cember

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Every1Counts: Day 9

April 8, 2018  23 Nisan, 5778

TONIGHT IS NINE DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS, OF THE OMER


What does it mean to be Jewish? I think that’s a hard question. I breathe Jewish. It’s in my fiber. I can’t tell you exactly what that means, but I think that nearly everything I do, I do Jewishly.  Counting the Omer? Sadly, not so much.  I forget, Jewishly.

Marla


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Every1Counts: Days 7 and 8 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat)

April 6, 2018  21 Nisan, 5778

TODAY IS SEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish for me is about blessings—not only for milestones but during each and every day. We are blessed to connect to those we love, and to people we have yet to befriend. We are blessed to find identity and purpose and to be able to rally resources to meet challenges. We are blessed to learn.   We are certainly blessed to be part of a rich tradition and to be able to expand upon that tradition to make it meaningful.

I recognize the blessings of celebration: the seasonal cycle of holidays and the weekly joy of Shabbat. And I marvel at raising our family in a community that feels like family: Temple Beth Abraham, a huge blessing in our lives.

Jennifer Povman


April 7, 2018  22 Nisan, 5778

TODAY IS EIGHT DAYS, WHICH IS ONE WEEK AND ONE DAY, OF THE OMER

*We are posting this response today, so you do not have to use your computer/phone on Shabbat.


It’s hard to put into words exactly what being Jewish means to me. It’s a feeling I can’t quite describe. I will say it means being part of a family and community. It means carrying on traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. It means friendship and love. It means holidays – and food. It means being able to share with my children something that is so special and important to me. And it makes me proud.

Andrea W.


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Every1Counts: Day 6

April 5, 2018  20 Nisan, 5778

TODAY IS SIX DAYS OF THE OMER


Carrying the responsibility to make the world a better place.

Jim G.


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Every1Counts: Day 5

April 4, 2018  19 Nisan, 5778

TODAY IS FIVE DAYS OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means; going to temple,

Being Jewish means; being inviting, also believing in yourself, trusting others,

Being Jewish means; saying prayers to God in temple,

Being Jewish means; going to Hebrew School,

Being Jewish means; becoming a bar or bat mitzvah,

Being Jewish means; celebrating holidays,

Being Jewish means; believing in God,

Being Jewish means; spending time together during holidays,

Being Jewish means; I respect my attire? Affect? Effect?

Being Jewish means; praying and celebrating,

Being Jewish means; keeping the traditions of Judaism with my family,

Being Jewish means; being part of a community.

Rabbi Justin Schwartz and Cantor Mandi Beckenstein’s Sunday 6th grade class of 2017-18

 

 

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