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Recent Articles from The Pathfinder

  • Solel President Holly Krakow
    From the President
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    Community
  • From Paul Altman
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    Community
  • From the Cantor
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    Cantor O'Brien
  • “Americans and the Holocaust”, the New Exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
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    Community
  • Celebrate Earth Day
    The Jewish people have a very credible claim on tending the earth. There is no doubt that we are admonished, warned and compelled to value, guard and protect. We have a holiday to celebrate trees that predates Arbor Day by thousands of years. Rabbi Lester Bronstein beautifully articulates, “Becoming responsible for the garden is our most sacred truth.” Let us use the worldwide holiday, Earth Day, which follows so closely on the heels of Passover, our Spring re-birth, to participate in protecting the planet. Currently, Greenpeace is campaigning to relieve the earth of the onslaught of single-use hot beverage containers of which Starbucks contributes 4 billion daily worldwide. Is yours one?  This number computes to 1.6 million trees harvested each year for Starbucks alone. At the same time, single use beverage containers, which would include plastic bottles, are the biggest contributor to plastic pollution in our oceans. The problem is so great that scientists predict that if nothing ...
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    Community, Social Justice
  • Youth Group News
    Time is one of those crazy concepts (sorry Cher, you can’t turn it back, even if you can find a way).  It’s already April and we are in the middle of Passover (I assume that’s when this issue of the Pathfinder is released).  The passage of time, as a father of two, seems even more daunting since my sons will be 1 and 3 in May! In March, Rabbi Moffic held a great class about Jewish community and I was amazed at how the texts that we studied, which are thousands of years old, are still relevant today. In that class, we did not have time to discuss one text that I find particularly relevant, from Pirkei Avot (2:5): “Hillel taught: Do not withdraw yourself from the community; do not be sure of yourself until the day you die; do not judge other people until you stand in his situation; do not say “it is not possible to understand this” for eventually it will be understood; do not say “when I have free time I will study”, for you may never have free time.”...
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    Community, Lev Learning, Youth Group
  • Solel and Lakeside Choirs Perform Together at Gidwitz Place
    The sound of music rang out from the community room at the Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living on Sunday, March 11, when Cantor Jay O’Brien and the choirs of Solel and Lakeside Congregation presented a concert for Gidwitz residents. Under the direction and magnificent accompaniment of Russell Stern, the program featured favorite selections of Shabbat and other Jewish music from both the traditional and folk repertoires and, for good measure, even one from Broadway. Singing at Gidwitz has become an anticipated tradition for both choirs. Making beautiful music together and feeling how it resonates with the audience—their smiles in recognition of familiar melodies and singing along to the music they know—is chicken soup for the soul....
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    Cantor O'Brien, Community
  • Faith in Action Update
    Dear Fellow Congregants, Mitzvah Committee is happy to partner with Faith in Action. Our committee is crisis-oriented and serves congregants on a one-time basis or unexpected emergences. We continue to provide rides to doctor appointments, services, classes and errands. Faith in Action is a long-term volunteer program which provides transportation for Solel members and will  provide other services as the program develops. For more information, please call Amy in the Solel office (847)433-3555 or amy@solel.org or Robbie Boudreau at Faith in Action (847)721-8414 or faithinaction.boudreau@gmail.com....
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    Community
  • From the Cantor — April Pathfinder
    This month we experience the beginning of Spring. As the natural world around us re-awakens, friends and families together in celebration of Passover. Passover is a very ancient festival; a well spring of traditions that represents many important and interesting layers of our people’s history and culture....
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    Cantor O'Brien, Worship
  • From the Rabbi’s Desk — April Pathfinder
    “In every generation, each of us must see ourselves as if we personally had come out from Egypt.” – (Mishnah, Laws of Passover) I hope you had a meaningful Passover Seder. The Passover Seder might be the oldest surviving ritual in the Western World. According the Hebrew Bible, it dates back some 3300 years, to the night before the Israelites began their journey out of Egypt. Modern scholars agree that the Passover Seder as we know it is at least 2000 years old, dating back to the immediate aftermath of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 C.E. In contemporary America, at least 90 percent of Jews have attended a Seder, the highest percentage of participation in any Jewish ritual except for Chanukah....
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    Rabbi Moffic, Worship
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