Together, on April 29, 2018, we all made history! We both feel so blessed to be your presidents at this time, when we will take old traditions and new customs, and weave them together to form a new reform congregation in Highland Park. We look forward to making new friends, building a better world, and…

In September of this year, three congregants and I plan on summiting Mount Rainier to raise money for Be The Match, an international organization dedicated to saving lives through cellular therapy. In English that means bone marrow and cord blood transplantation, life-saving treatments for those with blood cancer with no more hope. I was the lucky…

During the summer months, Jewish communities all around the world read from the fourth book of the Torah, known in English as “Numbers” and in Hebrew as Bamidbar. The Hebrew word Bamidbar means “in the wilderness,” and the entire events of this book take place in the desert wilderness between Mount Sinai and the Land…

On April 23, 2018, as it marked its 25th anniversary, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened a new special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, which examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and the persecution and murder of Jews in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The creation…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

“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…

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