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Foodstock

06/13/2019 02:03:24 PM

Jun13

Foodstock

During the academic year the Cheshire food pantry receives a steady stream of donations. However, those donations dry up over the summer as minds turn to other activities.  At the end of this month, as a part of the larger Cheshire community, we will have an opportunity to engage in a true act of Gimilut Chasidim with Foodstock. The food pantry is low on food and has asked us to...Read more...

More Reflections from the RAC

06/06/2019 03:32:18 PM

Jun6

On May 19th-21st, members of Temple Beth David went to the Consultation on Conscience, a gathering of 1200 social-justice minded Reform Jews at the Religious Action Center (RAC) in Washington. The following is an article written by TBD member Lori Sudderth and her experience while attending the event:

I was one of the fortunate attendees of the Consultation on Conscience, my first experience of the conference, although I...Read more...

The Importance of Earning

05/16/2019 01:19:02 PM

May16

The following is a Hasidic parable about how earning our destiny, even if the road is hard, is always better than being given something for free. Shabbat Shalom!

The rabbi of Kobryn told this story:

 "When I was young I once spent Purim with my teacher Rabbi Mordecai of Lekhovitz. In the middle of the meal he cried: Today is the day of gifts, the hour for giving has come. Whoever reaches out his hand, will...Read more...

Start Early

05/10/2019 01:11:51 PM

May10

There are many in the Jewish world that lament the steep drop off in engagement of young men and women after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  As a result, a lot of money and time has been spent trying to figure out how to keep these young Jews engaged in their teen years.  What is interesting is that the solution can be found in a midrash (a teaching) from 2000 years ago:

R. Judah said in the name of Rav: The name of that...Read more...

LGBTQ Rights

05/02/2019 04:13:55 PM

May2

As part of our continued series of speeches from our weekend with the RAC below is a speech by Alex Math and Anna Curran on LGBTQ Rights. The views that follow are those of the Religious Action Center, the political advocacy wing of the Reform movement, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Temple Beth David.

Hello (Senator Murphy/Representative Hayes). We are Alex Math and Anna Curran and we are from the...Read more...

RAC Criminal Justice Reform

04/24/2019 09:17:50 PM

Apr24

As part of our continued series of speeches from our weekend with the RAC below is a speech by Joey Kosover, Freshman, and Zoey Carim, Senior, on criminal justice reform. The views that follow are those of the Religious Action Center, the political advocacy wing of the Reform movement, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Temple Beth David:

Hello! My name Sydney Carim and I am a resident of Wallingford, Connecticut,...Read more...

Author Event and Discussion Coming To TBD

04/04/2019 04:18:01 PM

Apr4

On Monday at 7pm Temple Beth David in concert with the JCC will host author Marc Dollinger as he discusses Jewish-Black relations.  I really hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a fascinating look at the civil rights movement of the 60's as well as our current social climate.  What follows is an interview from NPR by Leah Donella with Marc Dollinger about his book, “Black power, Jewish Politics”.  I...Read more...

TBD Youth - Thoughts on Reproductive RIghts

03/29/2019 04:18:34 PM

Mar29

Two weeks ago 10 teenagers from Temple Beth David went to Washington D.C. to learn about various political issues and lobby on behalf of those issues. For the next few weeks I will be including the speeches the students delivered to our representatives and Senators. What follows is the presentation Sara DePonte, Junior, and Micayla Nann, Sophomore, in partnership with other students from Glastonbury CT, made to Senator Murphy. The views...Read more...

Gun Reform

03/21/2019 08:37:53 PM

Mar21

This past weekend 10 teenagers from Temple Beth David went to Washington D.C. to learn about various political issues and lobby on behalf of those issues.  For the next few weeks I will be including the speeches the students delivered to our representatives and Senators.  What follows is the presentation Maya Kostolitz, Senior, in partnership with other...Read more...

Reasons to Practice Gratitude

02/20/2019 11:13:28 PM

Feb20

On Friday night at Ruach Shabbat I asked everyone to think about one thing that happened to them in the past week that they were grateful for.  The reason we opened the service with this is exercise is because expressing gratitude has been found to be spiritually significant.  When we express gratitude that is specific and linked to others it has a host of spiritual side effects for our souls.

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