After the UN Vote: Peace & Punishment

  In today’s (Dec 7, 2012) issue of the J Weekly, my guest editorial was printed. I titled it “Peace & Punishment,” but it appears in the website and paper […]

AURORA LEVINS MORALES A Kehilla Member Facing Medical Crisis

  Beloved and long-time Kehilla member, Aurora Levins Morales, has written us about a very difficult medical emergency she is facing which is not covered by insurance. She must raise […]

Regarding the Violence in Israel & Gaza

November 16, 2012  Dear Kehilla folks,  Just a note to share with you my thoughts in this moment of the hostilities in Israel and Gaza.  I find myself immensely sad […]

On Hurricane Sandy: Thoughts and Actions from Rabbi David

Ecologist and social critic Bill McKibben has written clearly and effectively about why we need to understand the damage of the hurricane which hit the East Coast as the product […]

“Embracing Uncertainty: A Sermon for Kol Nidrey Night” by Rabbi David J. Cooper

The energy of attempt is greater than the surety of stasis Mary Oliver   In late June, I was in New York and I had my first opportunity to go […]

Rabbi David’s Cholent in the J Weekly

  Faith Kramer, the food specialist in the local Jewish paper, the J Weekly, has printed my veggie cholent recipe slightly varied by emendations of hers, for her article on  […]

On Hearing of Shulamith Firestone’s Death

by Rabbi David J. Cooper [Upon receiving an email from Hannah Kranzberg about S. Firestone’s passing.]  I just read this. Thank you Hannah for sending this out.  This hits me […]

Star of David – or Not

Star of David or Not by Rabbi David J. Cooper Our Bar Bat Mitzvah Program Director and Kehilla Spiritual Leader Sandra Razieli recently forwarded to me a question from one […]

Solitary Confinement as Torture: One Jewish View

By Rabbi David J. Cooper, Kehilla Community Synagogue, May 24, 2012 I will begin with the assumption that solitary confinement is torture. I have this on good information from the […]

Skyboxification and Emmanuel Levinas

Skyboxification and Levinasby Rabbi David  In the May 12 New York Times, Tom Friedman comments on Michael Sandel’s new book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. The […]