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In Response to the Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 1:16pm -- TCS

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

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:59am -- TCS

[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




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Statement on Mass Shooting in Florida

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:49pm -- TCS

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. 

Helping Houston

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 9:52am -- TCS

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. 

Drowning Out Hate with Songs of Love, Kindness and Peace

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 9:07am -- TCS

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."

How to Cultivate an Innovative Congregational Mindset

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:45am -- TCS

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 Danny's Podcast Named in List of Top Seven Jewish Podcasts

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 1:48pm -- TCS

The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, New YorkMonday, 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.

TCS Selected by URJ to Engage Baby Boomers

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:33am -- TCS

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. 

Rabbi Z Speaks about how to protest Trump at the AIPAC Conference

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 9:35am -- TCS

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.


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