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  • Rabbi Cosgrove: A Father's Blessing (June 3, 2023)

    What’s in a blessing? Reflecting on his own Friday night childhood blessings and the imminent high school graduation of his youngest son, Rabbi Cosgrove teaches us the value of every moment and every person.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Where Do We Find God Today? (May 27, 2023)

    On Shavuot, we celebrate the moment God spoke directly to us, delivering the first ten commandments. Was that the last time God communicated with us? Rabbi Zuckerman reveals how God, and those who are no longer with us, speak to us in modern times.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Facing History (May 20, 2023)

    Rabbi Cosgrove discusses his recent White House visit to represent our community to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month. While he met many notables at an evening event, he was also present to hear President Biden’s inspiring message about moral behavior in our times as well as his strong response to ...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Teens – A Mental Health Emergency (May 15, 2023)

    Our country and our community are seeing an unprecedented mental health crisis among our youth. Rabbi Cosgrove counsels that every one of us has a role in making the young people in our lives feel seen while helping them find their way to mental stability.

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  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself (April 29, 2023)

    What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Exploring the central verse of the Torah, Rabbi Cosgrove shares an unexpected interpretation that teaches us how to repair relationships and make ourselves whole.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: To a Non-Zionist Gen Z-er (April 22, 2023)

    How should we respond to a non-Zionist Gen Z-er? Responding to a young person’s rejection of Zionism, Rabbi Cosgrove engages with the question in all its complexity.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Kashrut – a Path to Holiness (April 15, 2023)

    Enjoy the latest sermon from Rabbi Zuckerman, in which he reflects on the resiliency of the Jewish people and commitment to tradition, even during the most challenging times.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: What Do Dry Bones Have To Do With Passover? (April 8, 2023)

    Every year on the Shabbat during Passover, we read a selection from the Book of Ezekiel about dry bones, and commentators have long struggled to understand the connection to the holiday. Rabbi Zauzmer conducts a deep dive into the text and adds her own hypothesis as to whose bones are referred to...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: The Story of Us (April 1, 2023)

    The Haggadah gives us the opportunity to overlay our own stories onto the shared template of our people’s foundational narrative. Rabbi Cosgrove urges us to open our seders to challenging questions and to accept conflicting answers, understanding that there can be unity with diversity.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Reflections on Israel (March 25, 2023)

    Rabbi Zuckerman reflects on his trip to Israel.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream (March 4, 2023)

    Purim is not simply playful, and the Megillah is not all merry. Rabbi Cosgrove uncovers the dark side of the tale of Esther and how the story has been turned around to justify violent acts. At this fraught time, we pray for a peaceful Purim.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Asserting Our Jewish Pride (February 25, 2023)

    Rabbi Zuckerman provides wisdom on how to respond to antisemitism and prejudice in today’s world, using insights from the Torah and beyond.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: Leaps of Faith (February 18, 2023)

    Living a Jewish life, or any life of meaning, requires us to be adventurous and take leaps of faith. Rabbi Zauzmer shares stories from her recent honeymoon to Asia and explores the ultimate Jewish leap of faith found in this week's Torah portion.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Fearless (February 4, 2023)

    So you think you know the story of the Exodus? Rabbi Cosgrove teaches an alternate version that credits our people’s liberation not to signs and wonders but to the courageous acts of righteous women.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Invisible String (January 21, 2023)

    How do we support Israel when we object to the actions of its government? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that our support is, if anything, more essential now than ever. We must uphold and assist ventures that work toward establishing an Israel that reflects our values.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Heschel (January 14, 2023)

    How does the legacy of Heschel speak to us today? On the 50th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Cosgrove calls upon us to honor his values and to do our share to redeem the world.

  • Damar Hamlin and Joseph – Losing the Forest for the Trees (January 7, 2023)

    After Damar Hamlin's collapse on the football field, Rabbi Zauzmer encourages us to regain perspective of what is most important in our lives.

  • Rabbinic Intern Kornsgold: Brotherly Reunion (December 31, 2022)

    Enjoy this unique, discussion-based sermon by Rabbinic Intern Kornsgold, in which she explores themes of Joseph reuniting with his brothers with the congregation.

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  • Rabbi Zauzmer: Playing Dreidel – Not as Traditional as You Think (Dec 24, 2022)

    The month of December brings ample opportunities for Jewish ritual as well as for assimilation. Rabbi Zauzmer explores the message of Hanukkah, the true story behind the dreidel, and the struggle to assimilate just enough to remain relevant.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Kahane Lives (December 17, 2022)

    How will we react to the seismic rightward shift in the Israeli government following last month’s election? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that while our love and support of Israel must not waver, we must openly discuss our concerns for sake of the future unity of the Jewish people.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: The Weight of History (December 3, 2022)

    Jacob and Esau present us with two perspectives of time. We descend down from Jacob which means we play the "long game" when understanding the Jewish story.

  • Rabbinic Intern Kornsgold: A Rabbi's Purpose (November 26, 2022)

    Rabbinic Intern Kornsgold delivers her rabbinical school senior sermon asking the question: What truly is the role of a darshan/speaker and a rabbi?

  • Looking Back While Moving Forward

    Throughout history, we have seen Jews and non-Jews leave their homes in a rush. Rabbi Zauzmer explores the story of Lot's wife and why she looked back when she left the sinful city of Sodom. Is it dangerous to look back on our past or can we gain something beneficial?

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Intermarriage Rising (November 19, 2022)

    Given the fact of interfaith marriages, what is the role and responsibility of the rabbi and the synagogue? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins interfaith couples to learn about Judaism together and to take responsibility for their Jewish future.