Author Archives: Rabbi Schindler

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Nov 01

When Jeremiah the prophet preached 2600 years ago, he enjoined his fellow Jews who were exiled to Babylon to get engaged with their community, “Seek the peace of the city to which I have caused you to be in exile…for in its shalom, you shall find shalom.” (Jeremiah 29:7) The word shalom is variously translated as […]

The Journey Through Grief – A Yom Kippur Yizkor Reflection by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Oct 02

Gmar chatimah tovah – may you each be sealed for a good year. It is great to come home to Temple Beth El. You are my family. Yom Kippur is about return and Yizkor is about return. This hour is about giving us time and space to return to our cherished memories of those we […]

Cantor Bernard – A Gifted Conductor of Beth El’s Community by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Jun 26

The conductor’s role is to know his community of musicians well: the ranges and skills of the voices in his choir and the qualities and potential of each instrument they play in his band. He needs to know the music and the space and most of all the listeners whom he hopes to transform. Cantor […]

TBE Board Passes Resolution Protesting Passage of HB2

Jun 28

I am so proud of our Temple Beth El Board for passing a resolution protesting the passage of HB2. I am grateful to the Tzedek Council and its Chair, Annie Lord,  to Keshet (our group committed to supporting the LGBT community), LIBERTY (our Senior Youth Group), and to SPICE (our vibrant organization for Temple members 50+) […]

Now Is the Time… by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Jun 22

For me, writing comes easily. Words flow like water from my mind to my keyboard so rapidly that my fingers cannot keep up. Yet I am struggling with this last blog post as Senior Rabbi. I write this post while on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee. I am with a large, kind, engaged, […]

The Highs and Lows of Israel by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Jun 20

One ascends to Jerusalem – both physically and spiritually. Forty of us from Temple Beth El ascended to our Holy City this past Thursday. We ascended to Kabbalat Shabbat as we welcomed Shabbat and celebrated with our sister congregation, Birkat Shalom. Since 2004, we have partnered with them and they have become our family. Rabbi […]

How do we respond to tragedy? by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Jun 15

With silence… There aren’t words to respond to someone with semi-automatic guns in hand murdering innocent souls en masse. With identification… As President Obama stated, “An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans.” People lost their sons and daughters, their brothers and sisters, their friends and colleagues. With outrage… Suspected terrorists are […]

What Being Rabbi Emerita Means to Me by Rabbi Judy Schindler

May 31

The hardest decision of my life was leaving the role of Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El.  With intense soul searching and with some tears, I made the decision that after eighteen years at Temple Beth El and after thirteen years as Senior Rabbi, I was ready for a new professional chapter.  I wanted to […]

Education is the most amazing gift by Rabbi Judith Schindler

May 19

A decade ago, Oprah stayed as a guest in President Nelson Mandela’s home in South Africa for more than a week. After days of reflecting on the ideal gift to get him as a token of her gratitude, she came up with the perfect present. So what do you get such a great man as […]