Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog
When I visited the classrooms on the first day of school, I was corrected by one of the teachers as I welcomed the children back to "Hebrew School." I was told that now it is called "Religious School." I adjusted my greeting appropriately but my blunder provided me an opportunity to relate a wonderful little piece of Etz Chaim history with the
Along with countless intrepids, we braved the traffic jams and headed north to Rabun county to witness the total eclipse.
I was ten years old and we were heading to Florida for summer vacation. We pulled into a Carolina gas station on U.S. 1 to fill up and I wandered off in search of a restroom. Normally my choice was "gentlemen" or "ladies" but I was befuddled by the extra options of "coloreds" and "whites". I stared at the signs and was stymied.
I was in the mood to refresh my wardrobe and so, wandered into a local haberdashery.
This Shabbos we read what is arguably the most enduring code in all of history - The Ten Commandments.
Birthdays have always been gateways of celebration for youngsters.
I watched a disturbing dialogue on television this past week that incensed me. A young Jewish fellow was being interviewed for a government position by a senator who asked, what I felt were inappropriate, anti- Jewish questions.
The young man was challenged repeatedly by his inquisitor.
Etz Chaim is...
Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment. We offer:
Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...
Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home.