Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog

Back to School - Thursday, August 31

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 5:26pm -- Rabbi Shalom Lewis
Rabbi Shalom Lewis 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

Charlottesville - Thursday, August 17

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:23am -- Rabbi Shalom Lewis
Rabbi Shalom Lewis 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.

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Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment.  We offer:

 

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