Category Archives: General

Temple Beth El Is Organizing for Justice, One Story at a Time

Oct 01

Written by Rabbi Dusty Klass and Nicole Sidman We thought this would be a post-pandemic fall, and so we sought to learn what the pandemic had taught us, not realizing that its lessons were still unfolding.  Yet here we find ourselves, heading towards 2022 still in the midst of a pandemic, wondering what we learned […]

A Message from Temple Beth El’s Tzedek Council

Sep 13

Even as we enter 5782 with hopes for a sweet, new year, we have been carefully monitoring the various natural (and human-made) disasters of recent weeks. From last month’s earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Ida’s impact both in the south and northeast, to the situation in Afghanistan and the refugee/immigration resettlement of Afghans to the […]

Sterling Elementary School Partnership: Contributions and Volunteering Update

Sep 03

First of all, a Big Thank You to: Kim Wilkoff and Frances and Ron Liss for coming into Sterling at less than 48 hours notice to sort papers and stuff a good portion of the parent envelopes! TBE Tzedek for sponsoring the teachers’ lunch. The boxes deli lunches from Jason’s Deli were really nice with […]

From Jewish Study to Jewish Life

Sep 02

Throughout rabbinic literature we can find strains of a debate over which is better, study or action? One classic version of this argument is cited in the Talmud:  “Which is greater, study or action? Rabbi Tarfon answered, saying: Action is greater. Rabbi Akiva  answered, saying: Study is greater. All the rest agreed with Akiva that study is greater than  action […]

May the Sacred Season of Blessing Begin

Sep 01

They are called the Days of Awe. But all too often the logistics of the High Holy Days take away from their power.  We worry about planning meals, service schedules tickets, parking, streaming, managing our schedules or our kids’ school requirements.    If this last year-and-a-half has taught us anything, it is that all the logistics are not what really matters. The old […]

An Unexpected Turn by Emily Zimmern

Aug 30

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  Back in April of this year (2021), after dropping off a bouquet of daffodils from our yard for a friend’s Passover table, I was headed home to finish preparing for our Seder.  It was a little after noon and I […]

Justice Begins with Listening by Phillip Schreibman

Aug 30

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  So, you’re asked to write a reflection on the lessons you’ve learned during the pandemic. Easy, right? The traumatic desocialization of kids, educational disparities, healthcare access inequalities, science crisis, normalization of extremism…so many choices! But what I will remember most […]

Beginning Again: Justice Work Is a Forever Project by Nicole Sidman

Aug 30

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  The grocery store was dangerous. It was a hotbed of germs. Sanjay Gupta was showing us how to clean our groceries.  I was terrified to shop. Having spent the better part of my adult hood in New York City, ordering […]

Making our Compassion Practical: Lessons Learned from A Year of Online Teaching by Love Suarez

Aug 23

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  I’m autistic and ADHD, with some nuisance-level chronic conditions. And I’ve taught (mostly first-year college Spanish) for half my life. As a result of the pandemic, my campus went online for a year. That change improved both my job experience […]