Posts Tagged ‘Congregation Beth Shalom’

Knitters Lori Bolkosky, Oak Park; Vicki Salinger, Southfield; Liz Kannon, Ferndale; Gila Gelfond, Southfield; and Judy Domstein, West Bloomfield sit together at a table with knitting needles and yarn and smile at the camera

Filling the Gap

Beth Shalom rents, gives space to help groups stay afloat after JCC’s closure. Barbara Lewis Contributing Writer Congregation Beth Shalom has become a de facto community hub since the Jewish Community Center closed its Oak Park branch in 2015. Detroit Chesed Project’s The Spot program (“The spot for special children”) has been at Beth Shalom…

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Commentary: Spread the Light

I write this hours after serving as a lamplighter at the eighth-annual Menorah in the D celebration. This was a true honor. I held the torch to honor the Pittsburgh community and memorialize those who lost their lives in the massacre that took place a month ago at the Tree of Life synagogue. I held…

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Left to right: Jeri Fishman, Liz Modell, Jodee Fishman Raines, Hillary King

Common Thread

Though not so unusual, seven synagogues currently are led by women. Barbara Lewis Contributing Writer Seven congregations in the Detroit Jewish community are led by female presidents. What’s so remarkable about that is that it’s so unremarkable. None of the current female congregation presidents feels like a trailblazer, though several noted it is unusual to have…

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Shir Tikvah Co-Sponsors Premiere of Hamilton in Detroit

Congregation Shir Tikvah in Troy, Upland Hills School and Congregation Beth Shalom of Traverse City are sponsoring the premiere of Hamilton in Detroit at the Fisher Theatre on March 12, 2019. The evening will be major fundraiser for the three organizations, as well as a celebration of Shir Tikvah’s double chai (36th) anniversary year. The…

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Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum of Beth El Congregations in Pittsburgh in a Twitter post against gun violence in February.

Native Son

Pittsburgh rabbi knew some shooting victims and is focusing on his congregation’s needs. Barbara Lewis Contributing Writer During the week following the Oct. 27 massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Alex Greenbaum felt like he was at “ground zero.” Above: Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum of Beth El Congregations in Pittsburgh in a…

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Chaplain Yvonne Fant Moore leads the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the interfaith service at Beth Shalom in Oak Park.

Joining Together

Interfaith vigils offer support amidst violence and hatred in Pittsburgh. JN Staff Reports Several vigils for the Tree of Life Congregation shooting victims held last week were gatherings of people of many faiths, all saddened by the show of hatred in Pittsburgh. Above: Chaplain Yvonne Fant Moore leads the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the…

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Chanu-Con Festival Nov. 18

Congregation Beth Shalom will host its third annual Chanu-Con, a community-wide Chanukah festival, from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Oak Park synagogue. Look for 25 fun vendors with gift ideas, many children’s activities, live music and magic, a tin can raffle, and Vaad and Star-K kosher lunch and snack options. Free admission. Non-perishable…

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Congregation Beth Shalom Unity Service

Join Congregation Beth Shalom for a unity service honoring the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre. The Facebook event page reads: “Join Rabbi Robert Gamer and Cantor Sam Greenbaum of Beth Shalom; Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh and Cantorial Soloist Kelly Onickel of Temple Emanu-El (Oak Park, MI); Rev. Dr. Charles Packer of Pine Hills…

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Kippahs Yarmulkes Jewish Hats Covers Israeli Star of David Souvenirs Safed Tsefat Israel. Kippahs/Yarmulkes are Jewish headgear worn by men during a Jewish. Required by Judaisim. kippah

For Openers: Today, I Shaved My Best Friend’s Head

Identity and gevurah (strength). Today, I shaved my best friend’s head. As a result, I choose to address my own identity by wearing a kippah. Visible signs of faith are tricky. In Orthodoxy, it is separated first and foremost by gender. For women, there is the question of covering their hair. And how to cover…

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