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Repairing the World with Action

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 1:58pm -- Ken Markwell

Greetings fellow Congregants,

I hope everyone is well and are enjoying this really mild January weather. How could we not?

We are already a month into 2017. Where does the time go? As my parents always warned me, time goes faster the older you get. Boy, did they have that right.

Giving Thanks

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:11am -- Ken Markwell

Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you happy, healthy and perhaps feeling a bit “stuffed”! I am sure you, like me, have plenty to be thankful for again this year. Getting together with family and friends is always a good thing and having a Holiday like Thanksgiving where we have time to enjoy each other’s company, tell stories, and make new ones is something we should all be thankful for. Often times it is the only Holiday where families travel long distances to be together which makes it even more special.

Jewish Vs. Secular New Year

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:00am -- Ken Markwell

As the secular New Year approaches, I wonder if I should feel guilty about celebrating New Year’s Eve.

How do I celebrate being Jewish with this New Year? We all know Rosh Hashanah is our Jewish New Year where we begin reflecting on the past year and the kind of person we have been. We say “Shanah Tovah” to all we meet wishing everyone a sweet New Year. During the Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur, we ask God to forgive our past transgressions and promise to be better so we will be inscribed in the book of life. 

Dear Fellow Congregant,

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:45am -- Ken Markwell

I was at synagogue today (Sunday October 25th) and saw Jon Berman sitting at his normal place, the Manna table. Jon, Mike Fields and Barry Freeman are to be commended for being there every Sunday asking members to support this great fundraiser. Manna are gift certificates from a wide variety of retailers from groceries to hotels to home improvement centers.

Reflection

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:24pm -- Ken Markwell

As I was sitting in our sanctuary during our High Holidays, I began reflecting on the last 12 months and all the things that happened in my family, both good and bad.

Ken Markwell Rosh Hashanah Speech 5776

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:59am -- Ken Markwell

L’shana Tovah

Please indulge me for a minute while I look around our beautiful sanctuary.

Thanks for indulging me.

Carol, you and your staff have done another marvelous job here. Thank you.

There were 2 reasons I wanted to look around.

The 1st was that this is a great view! I only get to do this twice so I really wanted to take in the moment.

As September Begins, Many Things Come to Mind

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:00am -- Ken Markwell

The end of summer (already?), the beginning of fall and of course, the start of school. It has been several years since my children were in high school but I still get a kick out of seeing all the ads for “back to school” sales for school supplies and of course clothes. While seeing these ads, I cannot help but think of our congregations new religious school year starting soon.

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