Entries by Beth Mirahver

Commentary on Sh’lach L’cha

June 15, 2019 By Bettijane Eisenpreis “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me, and how long will they have no faith in Me, despite all the signs that I have performed in their midst? I will strike them with pestilence and disown them, and I will make of you …

Reflections from Rabbi Davidson

May 31, 2020 Like all of you I was struck by the images flooding the television screen this weekend, some poignant in their contrast. How the pictures of a serene Earth taken from the Crew Dragon capsule belied the agony convulsing America’s streets! Jewish tradition speaks of tikkun olam bemalchut Shaddai, “unifying our world with the world …

Commentary on Parashat B’midbar

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting …” Numbers 1:1 This book, which we call Numbers in English, is called B’Midbar, In …

Commentary on Tazria-M’tzora

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “As for the person with a leprous affection, his clothes shall be rent, his head shall be left bare, and he shall cover his upper lip, and he shall call out, “Unclean, Unclean!” He shall be unclean as long as the disease is on him. Being unclean, he shall dwell …

Commentary on Parashat Tzav

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis The Lord spoke to Moses saying: Command Aaron and his sons thus: This is the ritual of the burnt offering…. Leviticus 6:1-2 The titles of the Torah’s parashot do not necessarily reflect their principal themes. Rather, the first or most important word of the early sentences becomes the method of …

Behind the Scenes With Emanu-El’s Volunteer Thanksgiving Turkey Carvers

“Just follow Norden’s instructions.” That’s the most important turkey carving tip from the seasoned volunteer carvers at Temple Emanu-El’s Thanksgiving Dinner. The Dinner isn’t for our members, but for those less fortunate who have nowhere to go on Thanksgiving. Our members coordinated volunteers, delegated, and prepared an entire meal for 200 guests — which involved …

Thanksgiving Dinner 5780

From the appetizer to the delicious desserts, which included Thanksgiving cupcakes festively decorated by our volunteers, cinnamon doughnuts and a chocolate and vanilla parfait topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries, this Thanksgiving meal was a special way to share the warmth of the holiday with those who would otherwise be alone. All of our guests …

Where Warmth and Majesty Meet

How Temple Emanu-El creates programs for Gen Z and Millennials It is a common trope today that there is something within Gen Z and Millennials that is fundamentally opposed to joining institutions. At Temple Emanu-El, through thoughtful recalibration of our own efforts, we have begun to grow our capacity to engage this cohort. By partnering …