A small group of congregants from Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield recently returned from a trip for to visit a kosher winery at Niagara on the Lake in Ontario.
With the ground broken in December of last year, Ken and Mari Barnett have endowed a 1,000-square-foot glass-enclosed room overlooking the cemetery where families can host shivahs and guests after unveilings. It will be named in their honor as the Barnett Family Shiva Room and is designed by architect David Lublin. The project is now nearing completion.
While some view the timing of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar falling on the day when school administrators encourage perfect attendance to leverage maximum per-pupil funding as nothing more than a bureaucratic oversight, others see it as insensitive in an age when society continues to stress representation and inclusion.
The pandemic has presented significant challenges to everyone — seniors, children, adults and for us, young families. Being transplants into a city with no family members or relatives, but surrounded by a community of friends, we embraced our first child amid everything being shut down: Eli Levy, born October 2020.
Tishrei’s energy empowers us to find the perfect balance for who we are now. The Gimel of the year 5783 empowers us to start off on the right foot. Blessings for your best foot forward into 5783!
When-ever you find yourself distressed because someone hasn’t done for you what you think they should have done, turn the thought around; do it for them.
Rabbis across the spectrum will try to connect the classical themes of the season to the lived reality of their congregants. Any advice about the lives of congregants, though, might touch on deep political divisions.
Gesher was launched Jan. 1, resulting from the 2021 merger of the nonprofit Kadima and JVS Human Services that separately provided services for 12,000 clients of many religious and ethnic backgrounds in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties with mental health challenges.
Elliott Shevin wrote up an incident that occurred at our synagogue a few years ago, when he was shul president. His account was never published. It occurs to me that, as we prepare for the Days of Awe this year, we should know this story:
Now King Charles III is in charge. After the tears dry, he will have to deal with ongoing criticism over the very existence of the monarchy.
On Tuesday, July 19, almost 200 Detroit Gen Xers gathered at Federation’s Affinities Remix outdoor concert event at M1 Concourse. It was a hot and gorgeous evening as the crowd danced to live music from Your Generation, snacked on carnival food, refreshed with boozy slushies and visited with friends, old and new.
Teiglach, sore feet and a houseful of cousins: These are my Rosh Hashanah memories from childhood.
Tashlich is the custom of ceremonially throwing one’s sins into a body of water as a way of starting the New Year with a clean slate. The ritual has evolved over the centuries and is easily accessible to Jews of all observance levels.
In these tenuous times when health officials have still not officially called an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish congregations are ushering in 5783 with a delicate balance of in-person and livestreaming and virtual programming, outreach, education and religious services.
In recognition of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, students from Hillel Day School honored Farmington Hills Police and Fire Department members, Hillel’s Security team and parents as part of nationwide ceremonies organized by Jewish National Fund-USA.
Apples are a Rosh Hashanah food with symbolic meaning, known as simanim, that we dip in honey to usher in a sweet new year. Keep the sweetness going with this easy and delicious dessert you can serve to your holiday guests.