We want to know about your journey to Judaism. Everyone’s path is different and we thought it would help our community to learn about those different stories. Let’s face it, we live in the diaspora of the diaspora so one common item we all have is how difficult it is to belong. Eli has interviewed a number of people and made zoom videos and we’d like to add your story as well. [Something about being fun/positive]
Posts by Matt Rosing:
Meet Lenore. Once upon a time she was a nun.
Meet Lynne and Rob. Rob came from a traditional Jewish background. Lynne did not – and now she’s one of our rabbis.
Meet Eli, one of our co-presidents. Eli’s journey started off like that of most Jewish children and then he took a long pause.
The book club is meeting. Join us.
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Please join Temple Or Hadash as we observe the High Holy Days in Northern Colorado.
All services will be held at the Fort Collins Senior Center Auditorium.
We will be using the new URJ prayer book: Mishkan Ha’Nefesh.
NO tickets or reservations are necessary!
Everyone is welcome!
For any questions, please contact Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 970-407-7896
Wednesday, Sept 20
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Oneg 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, Sept 21
Children’s Service 10:15a – 11:00am
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tashlich and Potluck Oneg (@ Edora Park) 12:30p (immed. Following services)
Friday, Sept 29
Kol Nidre 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, Sept 30
Children’s Service 10:15a – 11:00am
Yom Kippur Morning Service 10:00am – 12:30pm
Break 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Study Session 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Yizkor (Memorial Service) 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Ne’ila (Closing Service) 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Havdalah and BREAK THE FAST (in the Prairie Sage rooms) 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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We stream both services and Sunday chats. To make it easier to find we have put a link on the website. You can find it by clicking on Web Cam in the Qucik Links block on the upper left of the home page, or you can find it in the menu under Home->Wec Cam. Once you click on that link you’ll be taken to a page that has one more link to click on to get to the Nest website where the streaming is hosted. Please note if you go there when we are not streaming you’ll see a message that the feed may no longer be public. Don’t worry, just come back when we are online. Thanks.
This is for PC/Mac only – you’ll need the Dropcam app to access on a smartphone or tablet. Contact Marty for details.
Welcome to my new blog Divrei Hillel (“Words of Hillel”)!
My thought in starting this blog is to have a forum for an exchange of ideas between me as the rabbi of Congregation Or Hadash, and you, members and friends of Or Hadash. I emphasize that I would like this to be an exchange of ideas, because I very much hope that you will share your views and questions, with me and with each other.
If I can keep up with the schedule, my hope is to post to this blog twice a week: every Thursday, I will try to post some thoughts about the week’s Torah portion; and early in the week, on Sunday or Monday, I want to share with you my views as a rabbi, a ‘recovering’ attorney, a citizen of the United States and of Israel, and a caring human being, about events and issues going on in the world. I may post more often, as the spirit moves me; and I may occasionally have to miss a regular posting, because, as we all know, life happens. When that occurs, I will try to post a sentence or two letting you know that I didn’t just forget, and when you might expect the next posting.
I know that all our email in-boxes are bursting at the seams, so I don’t want to add to the glut by sending this blog to you as an email. Whenever I post to the blog, a link to it will appear on the Or Hadash website, Facebook page, and weekly calendar email sent out by Lenny Abels, enabling you to go to the blog if you choose. If you want an email letting you know of each new blog posting, there will also be a way to subscribe to the blog.
I hope you will read these postings, and, when the spirit moves you, comment on what I have written, or what other readers have posted in their comments. Likewise, if there is a particular topic or question you would like me to address, you can post it as a comment to the blog, or, if you prefer, send it to me in an email at email@example.com.
Let’s get a conversation going about the things that matter to us as Jews, as Coloradoans, as Americans, and as caring human beings!
On August 30, in the first of my monthly Sunday Chats, I plan to address the idea of God in Jewish tradition, prayer and thought. I know this is an area that is a difficult for many of us, which is why I want to open the discussion before the High Holy Days, which are so filled with God language.
In order to give you time to prepare for that discussion, I would like to recommend some books that might help you understand that there is a very wide range of beliefs about God that are all acceptable in our Jewish tradition:
The God I Believe In: Conversations on Religion with 14 Leading Jewish Intellectuals, by Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman
Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses, by Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme
A third book, not specifically Jewish but it may as well be, is worth looking at. It is a very small book, but written with much humor and wisdom:
Stupid Ways, Smart Ways, To Think About God, by Michael Shevack and Jack Bemporad
There are many other books out there about Jewish views of God, and I promise to provide you with a list of a few of them. But either one (or even both!) of these two books will, I believe, be a good place to start.
I hope to see you at the Sunday Chat on August 30, when we begin our conversation about God. And I hope you will read, and comment on, what appears on this blog.