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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS

IN THIS ISSUE

“The Meaning of a Movement” This October, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism will celebrate its centennial at its Biennial convention in Baltimore. Congregational leaders, rabbis, cantors and many others will use that gathering as an opportunity to discuss the next hundred years for the Conservative movement. Who are Conservative Jews? What inspires us? What are the practices that we cherish? What are models for childhood and adult education that will work in a time of shrinking Jewish population, diminished affiliation to synagogues and weaker ties to the Jewish community? The challenges are immense, on the national level and here in the Northwest suburbs, yet in some ways I feel it is a propitious time to tackle those challenges in a serious way. By talking about what matters most to us, we can also identify what we are willing to let go of. By focusing on visions for the future, we can re-assess where we are headed and make needed changes to maximize our resources. One example of recalibrating what we do is acknowledging the enormous change that the internet age has had on how we get information and how we relate to one another. One the one hand, instant, constant communication and information access has accelerated the shift from communal involvement to a focus on individual needs. On the other hand, that same technology can be a tool to share information about activities in the community, create new ways for me to reach out to our members through online sermons and webinars, and even (perhaps) to provide live video feeds of services for those who are at home an unable to access religious services inside the building. (continued on next page)

Rabbi’s Reflections …………………………………..…. 1 Bar Mitzvah Bio …………………………………………. 2 Passover ….……………………………………………… 3 President’s Message …………………………………… 4 Special Events and Notices …………………………… 5 Education ..……………………………………………... 6 Focus on Families ……………………………………… 7 Youth ……………………………………………………. 9 Sisterhood……………………………………………….. 10 Z’Havah ………………………………………………..... 10 Men’s Club ……………………………………………… 11 SHALVA ………………………………………………… 12 Adult Education ………………………………………… 13 Social Action…………………………..………………… 16 BJE ……………………………………………………… 16 Goodman Blog (Part 13) ……………………………... 17 Bikur Cholim …………………………………………….. 20 College Connections ……………….………………… 21 Community Connections ……………………………… 21 Sisterhood Gift Shop ………………………………….. 21 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 24 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… 25 Tributes……………………………………………….…. 29 Calendar ………….…………………………..……..….. 30 Index of Flyers and Advertisers……………….……… 31

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers March 1, 2013 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of March will be recognized at our service on March 1st. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm and will conclude by 8:15 pm. Children of every age are welcome! Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 10th. Turn your clocks ahead one hour before you retire Saturday evening.

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The Word - March 2013  

March 2013 Edition of The Word

The Word - March 2013  

March 2013 Edition of The Word

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