Through the Neila Gates by way of Ellis Island, by Rabbi David Cooper

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Writings Rabbi David | No Comments

My mother, my father, and my stepfather had all had the experience coming into America from Europe. My mother was unusual because having been born in Brooklyn, her parents decided to return to Romania and settle back in the city where they had been born. But a few years later, after Hitler had walked into […]

Introduction to Hagar & Ishmael Torah Excerpt (Genesis 21:9-21) by Rabbi David Cooper

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized, Writings Rabbi David | No Comments

This morning we are reading from the traditional Torah segment for the first day of Rosh Hashanah which you’ll find on your handout. It is a story of the banishment of Hagar and her son Ishmael into the desert. Why read this segment on Rosh Hashanah? There are many explanations & theories but I leave […]

Downloadable Kehilla HOME seder

Looking for a good interactive bare-bones haggadah? Kehilla-style?   New, improved and FREE! Instructions and suggestions on using the Haggadah   The Haggadah in PDF format: http://www.kehillasynagogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Home-Haggadah-2013-Heb-Eng.pdf

How to Have A Surprising Seder Using the Kehilla Home Haggadah

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Announcements, Writings Rabbi David | No Comments

The Kehilla At-Home HAGGADAH by Rabbi David J. Cooper [NOTE:  The first night of Passover is Friday, April 22, 2016. ] Once again, the Kehilla easy-to-use, inclusive and interactive Haggadah is on-line for you to download. It is designed to get you and your guests to be creative and fully participatory and for your seder […]

Kol Nidre Sermon 5775/2015 by Rabbi David J. Cooper

Shibboleth Words, Labels, “Commonsense” & Resistance During these Holy Days we have examined the power of words as part of our spiritual journey. Tonight I want to examine that the way we use words and hear words connects to our politics and to our values. I want to consider that words can mean so much […]

Report Back on Israel/Palestine Survey: Agreement on Values; Diversity in Tactics and Solutions  

by Rabbi David   ~Our High Holy Day Theme: Speak!  The Power of our Words~ The Jewish tradition from its early beginnings was built on words even more than on edifices of stone and brick. Words are powerful. How we choose what to say and what not to say is an accurate reflection of what […]

Weighing Our Words: Thoughts on the High Holyday Theme

by Rabbi David J. Cooper Every High Holydays we sing Mi Ha-Ish (from Psalm 34:13-14), a simple prayer that asks nothing but is, rather, advice on living well. Some early rabbis considered it the distilled essence of the Torah: Who is one who desires life, savoring each day, and seeking goodness? So guard your tongue […]

The Synagogue Turns A Corner: An Invitation to Kehilla’s May 3rd Community Meeting

From Rabbi David, Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director, and Lynn Bravewomon, Board Co-Chair This is a special moment in the life of our congregation. We have emerged from a somewhat shaky interim period and are on solid footing with a full permanent staff for the first time in two years. This means that we can now […]

Some Reflections in the Wake of the Israeli Elections

by Rabbi David J. Cooper I write this the morning after the Israeli elections. Some part of me felt that, to some degree, it wouldn’t make much of a difference whether Herzog and Livni won, or whether Netanyahu won (except for the schadenfreude I hoped to experience on Netanyahu’s defeat). But now in the wake […]

From Rabbi David’s Hard Disk

10:30am Shabbat Service Start Times (mostly) & Social Action Opportunities by Rabbi David J. Cooper  New Saturday Service Start Times     Our Spiritual Leaders and our Spiritual Life Practices Committee have decided that most of our Shabbat morning services will start later, at 10:30am, and finish at the same time. (The exceptions: Our Chai Shabbat […]