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Lynda Gutcheon

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 2:43pm -- Lynda Gutcheon

Lynda Gutcheon began the Jewish Education Interim program a year ago. She has spent the year at Congregation Kol Haverim after having served The Temple in Nashville, TN, as their Director of Education for 30 years. She now joins Etz Chaim as our Interim Director of Education.

Farewell Thoughts

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:08am -- Lynda Gutcheon

For the past two years, it has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your Interim Director of Education. Getting to know the families here at Etz Chaim has been inspiring. The level of commitment, love and devotion to this congregation that you all have is unmatched. I am awed when I watch Mary Hason spread her love over the plants, flowers, trees and grounds of this place. I feel uplifted when I see the limitless hours that Mark and Barbara Turner and the adult education committee spend to bring meaningful learning to this congregation.

Mitzvah Vs. Matzah

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:57am -- Lynda Gutcheon

The Torah calls Pesach "Chag Hamatzot." But we call it "Pesach." Why is this so? Rav Chaim Volozhiner explains as follows:
“The word Matzot and the word Mitzvot are spelled exactly the same in Hebrew. Thus "Chag HaMatzot" can be read "Chag HaMitzvot," meaning that by leaving Egypt and receiving the Torah, the  Jewish People now have the opportunity to earn great reward by doing the Mitzvot.”

The Power of Learning from Children

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 2:47pm -- Lynda Gutcheon

I believe that we can all make a difference. We all have great opportunities each day to help realize our greatest potentials. So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a spark of the Divine? Or do we pass up that opportunity, and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

To that end, I share this with all of you. Let us not forget how we can learn from our children!

Blessing Bags

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00am -- Lynda Gutcheon

As the new secular year begins, we have an opportunity to think about how we can make a difference and teach our children the importance of making a difference as well.  Here’s a great idea I found and I absolutely love it!


Blessing Bags

Blessing Bags are bags you put together and keep in the car to be given to homeless people you may see along the way. It’s something special we can do with our children to teach them about caring for others.


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