Remarks delivered by Rabbi Zeplowitz at The Community Synagogue on Erev Shabbat (Friday, November 2)
In Response to the Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh
Our heartfelt sympathies are with those affected by this morning's tragic shooting in Pittsburgh. We stand with our fellow Jews whose Shabbat morning prayers were violated and whose Shabbat peace and joy were shattered. If you or someone in your family has a connection to the Tree of Life congregation, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the clergy.
[Holocaust denial is] “a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews. Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination.” – ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt
“If You See Something, Say Something”
Friday, April 20, 6:30 pm
Statement on Mass Shooting in Parkland, Florida
With so many others in the nation, we mourn the senseless loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida yesterday. We pray for healing for those who were injured and comfort for the families of those who were murdered. For those seeking the words to say to their own children or grandchildren please look here.
“My mission is to educate people on what happened, so it does not happen again.”
Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many of you receiving this note recall all too well how difficult it was during the days and weeks after Superstorm Sandy. For many in Texas and Louisiana the situation will be similar, if not much worse.
The images that we saw in Charlottesville less than two weeks ago shock, sicken and anger us. Such expressions of bigotry erode our communal sense of safety. As Jews, we remember the suffering that hate causes and the dangerous ways bigotry can grow. As Americans, we dream of the society envisioned by President George Washington, who assured the Jewish community that the United States "gives to bigotry no sanction, persecution no assistance."
Today in so many contexts, the motto appears to be “innovate or die.” It would be almost impossible to count the number of articles and speeches that have advocated for this approach to business. Innovation success stories such as Apple, GE, and Lego are given as examples to follow; Kodak, Blockbuster, and Borders are the cautionary tales of what can happen when this advice is ignored.
Rabbi Sam Pollak
Joining You at The Community Synagogue
Hello! My name is Sam Pollak, and I am honored and thrilled to be joining The Community Synagogue as your newest rabbi.
Gunther Lawrence passed away on January 24, 2017 at age 89. He was husband to Leah, father to David and Lucie and grandfather to Laney, Ellie, Zoe, Abby and Cooper.
Alona Nir-Keren Ordained
Yesterday, November 17th, a student at Schreiber High School discovered a swastika drawn on a tile in one of the bathrooms. The student took a photo of the swastika and posted a message against hate.
The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, New York –Monday, November 7, 2016 - Two Minutes of Torah, a podcast recorded by Rabbi Danny Burkeman of The Community Synagogue, has been included in a list of Top Seven Jewish Podcasts, as compiled by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and featured by The Times of Israel.
by (soon to be) Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren
The Community Synagogue’s Happiness Group Selected as a Semifinalist for the Lippman Kanfer Prize
The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, New York –Friday, August 12, 2016- The Community Synagogue’s Happiness Group has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Lippman Kanfer prize in Applied Jewish Wisdom.
Port Washington Jewish Education Program for Children with Special Needs
Jonathan became a Bar Mitzvah on May 16, 2015. But his journey was unlike that of most Jewish children. Jon is on the autism spectrum, is non-verbal, and his disabilities prevented him from participating in traditional religious studies.
The Community Synagogue is Chosen for Select Group of North American Congregations
Engaging Baby Boomers
July 5, 2016, Port Washington, New York – The Community Synagogue is one of 17 Reform congregations in North America selected to participate in the newly formed Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Community of Practice dedicated to Engaging Baby Boomers. This URJ Community of Practice (CoP) is a congregational networking group for Reform congregations that are seeking to discover new ways to engage baby boomers in our congregations.
Dues, just a piece of the financial sustainability puzzle
Changing dues model outweighs the risk.
Our hearts break over the loss of life and pain caused to so many in the horrible attack in Orlando on Saturday evening. The Torah teaches us that we are all made in God's image and every life is sacred. With one common ancestor, our rabbis teach "to destroy one life is to destroy the entire world."
Rabbi Danny Burkeman
Rabbi Zeplowitz and others weigh in. Will there be anyone be in the room when Donald Trump speaks at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Monday?
Several Jewish groups are weighing the best way to show their disapproval of Trump when he speaks at the massive pro-Israel gathering. Last year roughly 16,000 people attended the annual conference.
How do I stand up for the Jewish people?