Every1Counts: Day 38

May 7, 2018   22 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-EIGHT DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, OF THE OMER


To me, being Jewish means I have the privilege of being part of a nation that has survived countless trials and enormous changes in the world around us for over 5000 years. Through all of that time we continued without losing our unifying identity as the Jewish people, Am Yisrael. Right now I’m spending an amazing semester in Israel, connecting with my Judaism and learning so much in the process. The many young Jews on this program with me are the future of reformed Judaism, and it’s amazing to see how passionate we all are. I think it’s fair to say that, speaking for all of us, we are honored to be able to continue as Jews and perpetuate an unbroken chain that tells the incredible story of our people.

Arielle Kolodzinski


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Every1Counts: Day 37

May 6, 2018   21 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-SEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, OF THE OMER


What Does Being Jewish Mean to Me?

It means being constantly challenged

To live a life that honors the memories of my father and my mother
To be sensitive and respond to the needs of others
To make learning a lifelong pursuit
To be a vital member of my family and my temple community

Anonymous


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Every1Counts: Days 35 and 36 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat)

May 4, 2018   19 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-FIVE DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS, OF THE OMER


For me, being Jewish means a living, breathing connection to a peoplehood that spans time and place. I find these connections in my family, my spiritual practice, my learning, the people I meet and know, and the creation of my art. All of these threads infuse who I am and the home I have tried to create for my children so that they will have this same connection no matter where they go or eventually put down roots. I feel a sense of both responsibility and fulfillment, of intense pride at being an active part of our collective memory, history and culture.

Alix


MAY 5, 2018    20 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-SIX DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE 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.


Judaism is all about community for me. Being Jewish means that I am part of a large community of people who have shared understandings and beliefs. The community of people who came before us passed down the knowledge and traditions of Judaism. There is a community of people with shared history and traditions, who you meet everywhere you go. The synagogue community is there for prayer, for support, for celebration, and for friendship. Within the synagogue community are a community of friends and my chavurah family. No matter where I go, I’m connected to the Jewish people around me…because we are all part of the Jewish community

Jen G.


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Every1Counts: Day 34

May 3, 2018   18 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-FOUR DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


The first synagogue I joined as an adult burned to the ground within weeks after joining it.  Only one item was rescued–the Torah scrolls from Prague that had survived the Holocaust.  The ensuing rallying round of local people, Christian churches, and synagogues in neighboring towns, as well as the support of the wider Reform Jewish community, aided our small congregation to stay the course and struggle to build a beautiful, new sanctuary.

The intervening years of Shabbat worship and holiday celebrations held in our modest social hall with our beloved Torah (with high holy days and b’nei mitvah held in local churches and synagogues) reinforced for me that being Jewish is something we carry in our hearts and minds and express in caring for and supporting one another, even as we lived without the physical comfort of the synagogue which we eventually rebuilt and came to enjoy —a lesson not lost on our children who came of age during that time of loss and rebuilding.

Liz Ross


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Every1Counts: Day 33

May 2, 2018   17 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-THREE DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish is more than sharing a religion and a specific way to worship; it is sharing a history, a heritage and a moral code. It is knowing there there are people and places that I am connected to, that are moved and inspired by all comes with that, and take pride in the same things as I. It is the safety and security of knowing that no matter where life leads me, I will always have a place where I belong.

Amy Zerman


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Every1Counts: Day 32

May 1, 2018   16 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-TWO DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS AND FOUR DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means belonging, family, tradition, zedaka and Tikun Olam.

It manifests itself in a thousand ways, both for the individual and for those around her or him, near and far.

It happens during Hanukkah on a plane, drawing a Menora on a napkin and “lighting” the candles with a checkmark of a pen.

It happens by saying Kadish for 38 family members who perished in the Holocaust.

It happens by building a Torah Ark for the alternative services.

It happens with celebrating holidays with family, writing one’s own Hagaddah.

It happens by caring for and supporting Israel.

It happens by acting like a mensh.

Yishar Koach

Ari Delevie


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Every1Counts: Day 31

April 30, 2018   15 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-ONE DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish provides me with a framework for making sense of the world and finding purpose. It also means I feel a keen responsibility for tikkun olam, to support Israel’s right to exist, to stand up against Anti-Semitism and to support my Jewish community.

Jane S.


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Every1Counts: Day 30

April 29, 2018   14 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, OF THE OMER


Joining TBA is just the beginning. TBA is one of the blessings of my adult life.
Women’s Circle, a new venture was just starting and it was a wonderful way to meet so many members. Everyone participated and you were also invited to share ideas and lead the group discussion, (and I did).
[When I was] two years in, [I joined]…the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class. This introduced more intense study of the HolyDays, prayers/prayer book. Becoming an adult Bat Mitzvah was a long time wish and now [it was] a reality. It was an honor to chant Torah and to make new friends. Another great gift was Rabbi Teluskin’s “Guide to Everyday Jewish Living.” An easy read full of Jewish Thoughts and life’s guidelines. I recommend this book often.
Counting the Omer allows us to concentrate on how to live/appreciate our best life, plus Tikkun Olam. Being Jewish and part of the TBA family enhances relationships, worship and  prayer, learning, sharing, and it is a wonderful, warm Community.  Led by learned, warm clergy, weekly Shabbat services are a joy! AND these are some of my blessings.

Ina BH


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Every1Counts: Days 28 and 29 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat)

April 27, 2018   12 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR WEEKS, OF THE OMER


As my country struggles to preserve its moral center and maintain its democratic values, I am able to find comfort and solace in my Judaism. For me, being a Jew means to not stay silent; to speak out in the face of injustice, bigotry, racism, and misogyny to name a few. Social justice is a core tenet for a Reform Jew. Passover is one of my very favorite holidays in large part because it affords us, as Jews, to reflect on our own journey from slavery to freedom and in so doing we are faced with our own reality of how people in our country and in the world remain “enslaved “ for a multitude of reasons and unjust practices. I honor my Judaism and thereby myself, my family and those who came before me, when we raise our voices for justice and challenge ourselves around our Seder table to reflect on these issues and ask ourselves what are we going to do to make this world a better place?

Liza K.


April 28, 2018    13 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS TWENTY-NINE DAYS, WHICH IS FOUR 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.


In this melting pot of a country people frequently ask, “What are you?” Most people answer that question with, “I’m Irish,” or “I’m Italian” or whatever nation is associated with their ancestry. My answer is always, “I’m Jewish.”

Judaism is an identity, a culture, a heritage and a way of life just as much as being Irish or Italian. The words, “I’m Jewish” communicate a world for people. They paint a picture of my culture, my heritage, my traditions as much just as much as the picture that is painted by being Italian or Irish.

Many people when they communicate the words, “I’m Jewish” don’t associate Judaism with the Jewish homeland of Israel. For me, Israel is there in the foreground, and any conversation about what it means to be Jewish must contain a connection to Israel. I may not possess an Israeli passport, but I am connected to the Jewish homeland, like Ireland or Italy is connected to the ancestors of those lands, no matter where they live or what their passport documents. It is this connection and the need for a country where Jews from all nations can go to be at home and at peace that informs my Jewish identity.

So while I wouldn’t answer the question “What are you?” with, “I’m Israeli,” I do hope for the day when the answer, “I’m Jewish” is associated with a background in Israel just as much as being Italian is associated with a background in Italy.

Erica Newman


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Every1Counts: Day 27

April 26, 2018   11 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS TWENTY-SEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS THREE WEEKS AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means that I am obligated to help repair the world by doing what I can. It means that I must speak up when I see people being mistreated. It means passing this on to my children.

Kimberly Marcus


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