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Every1Counts: Day 49

May 18, 2018   4 Sivan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-NINE DAYS, WHICH IS SEVEN WEEKS, OF THE OMER


…It means for the Jew in me to seek fulfillment both as a Jew and as a human being.  For a Jew, Judaism and humanity must go together.  To be Jewish is to recognize that every person is created in God’s image and thus worthy of respect.  Being Jewish to me is to reject fanaticism everywhere.

As a Jew I must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings.  To remain indifferent to persecution and suffering anywhere, in Afghanistan or in Kiev, is to become an accomplice of the tormentor.

Elie Wiesel

(Wiesel, Elie. I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea Pearl and Ruth Pearl, Jewish Lights Pub., 2005, p. 169.)

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Every1Counts: Day 45

May 14, 2018   29 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-FIVE DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, OF THE OMER


What being Jewish means to me are the stories in the Torah, and the lessons we learn from them.  It is the holidays we spend with family and the traditions we hand down generation to generation.  It is the respect and responsibility for each other and ourselves that our parents and grandparents taught us.  It’s about knowing when you’re all together that you will spend the first 15 minutes talking about the route you took to get there and the last 45 minutes just saying goodbye.

I like that being Jewish is about following ideas and values—not following one person.  I like that Judaism encourages questions and dialogue, not blind faith.

Being Jewish is being constantly evolving but rooted deeply in the past.

Melissa Baer


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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 41

May 10, 2018   25 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-ONE DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


To me, Being Jewish means being in a story that’s over 5000 years old, and 100 years old, and happening now. It means being free and grateful. It means being connected to a community that is obliged to making the world better, less broken

Jonathan Gleit


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Every1Counts: Day 40

May 9, 2018   24 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER


To me, being Jewish means:

  • Knowing that I am part of a chain of tradition that goes back generations
  • Knowing that I am not the last link in the chain
  • Feeling comfortable that I can enter a sanctuary anywhere in the world and know what is going on and how to participate
  • Feeling guilty that I do not go more often
  • Being proud to be of Am Yisrael
  • Appreciating foods that everyone loves (brisket, bagels, blintz, babka) and foods that everyone loves to hate (borsht, herring, gefilte fish, chopped liver)
  • Taking to heart that it is my responsibility to help repair the world
  • Being an active member of our community

Herb Baer


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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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