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Every1Counts: Day 44

May 13, 2018   28 Iyar, 5778

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


Being Jewish to me means helping my own children and my students find their personal joy and connection to our rich and vibrant tradition. To see and feel its wisdom and beauty and to celebrate it and to grow from it as a citizen of the world.

Rabbi Allison


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Every1Counts: Days 42 & 43 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat) – copy

May 11, 2018   26 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY TWO DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means having a community such as our TBA community to call home – a place that is so much more than a house of worship – it’s our home…complete with our second family where together we celebrate our simchas and also help one another through the toughest of times. TBA is both our house of worship and a second home.

The Wilson Family


MAY 12, 2018    27 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-THREE DAYS, WHICH IS SIX 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.


Being Jewish is my identity just as it is being an American woman. It is also my connection to all of the generations of Jews who came before me since we share many of the same experiences. The idea of appreciating not eating on Yom Kippur to understand what that may be like for another person (even though we know there is a break-fast to go to), or to enjoy the simple beauty of lighting candles, and the shared experience of eating Matzah for a week. My Grandmother exemplified this feeling when during her last days she shared that she wasn’t sure who or where she was, but she knew she was Jewish.

J.M.


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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 24

April 23, 2018   8 Iyar, 5778

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


Being Jewish is more than “just my religion,” it’s who I am. Being Jewish is embedded within me and while it had been suppressed at some point, it has burst out. I am proud to be Jewish, to transmit my love and passion for Judaism to my students, and to have dedicated my life to it. Without Judaism, and without a lifetime at Temple Beth Abraham, I wouldn’t be who I am today: a proud Jewish woman!!!

Stessa Peers


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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 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: 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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