We all have the capacity to share our wisdom and reflections about the Torah texts we read each week. The Congregation Beth Israel Drops of Torah project provides an opportunity for people to share a brief reflection or short insight about the week's Torah portion. These short pieces are written by our members with support from our rabbis (as needed). Our plan is to have members reflect on 1/9 of a Torah portion each week so that in nine years we will have commented on the whole Torah! Beth Israel follows the Israeli Torah reading calendar which sometimes differs from the Conservative and Orthodox Torah reading calendar outside of Israel but will always sync up before the end of the Torah reading year. Consider signing up for a drop of Torah. For more information, contact Rabbi Nathan Martin (email@example.com).
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating losses that a white nationalist domestic terrorist inflicted upon the Jewish community this past Shabbat morning at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Included among the dead and wounded are members of our affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash, which meets there.
Ten years ago I created a support group for members who were in transition. At that time most of the vicissitudes were professional but some members were dealing with health crises, relationship or family changes and various types of loss. We met for many years until there seemed to be no need. Recently I have wondered if there may be renewed interest in a similar group. If you are going through any kind of significant change in your life and would like some support please join us. We'll engage in personal sharing, mutual respect, helpful learning and prayer and meditation. Please let me know if you are interested as it will help me plan. The first meeting of this monthly group will be held on Thursday May 10th from 4-5pm in my office at BI. Here’s to finding strength through community as we move through life! L'Chaim!