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Summer: A Time for Planning at the CJL

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Wendy Pein

Wondering what happens at the CJL during the summer when the CJL is not in session? Lest you think our offices are vacant during the summer, Proverbs 6:6 teaches us “... Go to the ant ... study its ways and learn…It stores its’ provisions during the summer, gathers its food at the harvest.”  Therefore, as our tradition reminds us, during the summer we are busy planning and preparing for 2017-2018! 

Here is preview of what we are planning for next year:

Spring Forward: Jewish Holiday Celebrations in the CJL, Seniors Party and Preparing for 2017-2018

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:49am -- Rabbi Wendy Pein

“Spring Forward” is a phrase which helps us to remember to set our clocks ahead for daylight savings time, and this phrase is also an appropriate way to describe our spring holiday calendar as the season has us “springing forward” with many holiday celebrations.

Food, Glorious Food in the CJL

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 10:02am -- Rabbi Wendy Pein

Piping hot, crispy latkes on Hanukkah.  Crunchy apples and sweet honey on Rosh Hashanah.  Warm, fresh challah and purple grape juice on Shabbat. The culture of food, cooking and hospitality runs so deeply within our tradition that it can be traced back to Abraham and Sarah.  In the Book of Genesis, when three messengers appear at Abraham and Sarah’s tent, Abraham rushes forth to greet them and then hurries back to Sarah and says, “Hurry …knead three measures of .. flour and bake some cakes!” (Genesis 18:6).

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude during Hanukkah

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Wendy Pein
The Jewish value of gratitude is called "hakarat ha tov" which means "recognizing the good" in life.  When Leah, the wife of the biblical patriarch Jacob, had her fourth child, she named him "Yehuda" which means, "I am grateful."  The word "Jew" is a translation of the Hebrew word, "Yehudi," meaning people of "Yehudah," the people of gratitude.  The definition of our name therefore reflects that gratitude is an intrinsic value of being Jewish.

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