A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 2.3.23

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 2.3.23

February 3, 2023   As most of us aware, EMJC will be celebrating its centennial next year. The synagogue was founded in 1924, and, as Toby Sanchez writes on the website, “the cornerstone of the building was laid on June 13, 1926.” By fall of that year, High Holy Day … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 1.13.23

January 13, 2023 Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of my trip-to-Israel-that-wasn’t was the missed opportunity to search for, and perhaps catch glimpses of signs for optimism. When I traveled to Israel a few years ago as part of the 5th Qushiyot cohort (which I wrote and spoke about at the time), … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 12.30.22

December 30, 2022 In a funny coincidence, a couple of weeks ago, two articles came through my email within a 24-hour period. The first, from the Forward newspaper, had the title “Do ‘bad Jews’ really exist? A new book says no.” The article, about a recently published book called ‘Bad … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 12.2.22

December 2, 2022   As most of you know, I was unable to go on my long-anticipated trip to Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Dubai a few weeks ago because of a bout with Covid. It was a great disappointment, of course. I’m hoping there will be another opportunity next … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 11.4.22

November 4, 2022   What a busy time we’ve come through!   As a community, as a synagogue, we’ve emerged from a meaningful and rewarding High Holy Day season, a little exhausted perhaps, but enriched and renewed. With barely time to catch our breaths, we (the synagogue) turned around and … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 9.23.22

September 23, 2022 Friends, As we make our final preparations for Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sunday night, I wanted to share some information about the service this year so you will know what to expect. But first, four important reminders: Your voices add greatly to the service. It is not … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 9.16.22

9.16.2022 Department of Corrections: If you read my piece last week about the Catholic priest who had to resign his position because of a (seemingly minor) liturgical error, you would have read an uninformed assessment of the theological implications of said error. As I noted in the piece, “I am … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 9.9.22

September 9, 2022   I’d like to begin by reminding everyone of our first Elul program which will take place this Sunday at noon. We’ll explore some of the themes of the High Holy Days through the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and others as we prepare for these … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 9.2.22

September 2, 2022 Explained   Elizabeth Ann Said to her Nan: “Please will you tell me how God began? Somebody must have made God. So Who could it be, ’cos I want to know?” And nurse said, “Well!” And Ann said, “Well? I know you know, and I wish you’d … READ MORE

A Guest Message from Cantor Julia Ostrov 8.25.22

August 26, 2022 One of the delights of where I’ve been nestled over the past year, in downtown Montpelier, VT, is the garden out back. It’s a common area, shared with two sets of neighbors, encircled by our houses and other small buildings.  There’s a secret quality to the space, oasis-like; passing by streetwise, from any … READ MORE