From Despair to Hope: Facing Our Depths And Lifting toward Hope.

My sermon from Rosh Hashanah Eve 5780 Delivered at Congregation Kol Ami. The world is broken.  But you already knew that. You didn’t need to come here to understand the fragile nature of the times we are in. We just have to look around us to see the world is on fire. Literally and figuratively.…Read more »

Letter to the THE TASK FORCE

(I haven’t written yet about the fiasco at the NGLTF’s Creating Change ’16 Conference in Chicago last week). I am frankly still processing the outrageous Antisemitism displayed there and the lack of The Task Force’s ability to create safe space.  There is much to be said about what happened. But here is a letter sent…Read more »

Anti-Muslim Bigotry

We released this statement on behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the oldest and largest rabbinical organization in North American which I have the privilege of serving as President) today in response to the despicable and deplorable statements made by a political candidate. CCAR Statement Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry Tuesday, December 8, 2015 The…Read more »

Sukkah Guests

Tonight we begin the Festival of Sukkot, our Fall Harvest Extravaganza!  In our day and time this is a most overlooked by liberal Jews.  With so much emphasis on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the rest of the High Holy Days- Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, Simchat Torah are often passed by.  In the ancient days this…Read more »