Rabbi Teller requested we post a letter he received indicating expressions of support and solidarity from 26 local Islamic leaders and representatives of the Houston Muslim community.
President Jeffrey K. Actor's blog
There are times when people of good conscience must hold true to ideological values. Recent political activities led to a release of statements by the Conservative movement of Judaism supporting the rights of immigrants.
I am asking your support to accomplish an easy mitzvah during the week.
This past Shabbat (6/27/15) CBS joined the broader community in reaffirmation of core Jewish values aimed at the sanctity of life, regardless of race, creed or gender. Two specific events were of special note. The first was one where we publically engaged in a Shabbat of Solidarity with the African-American community to honor those lives lost in the recent horrific violence which occurred in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbis, congregations, and Jewish organizations across the United States were encouraged to reject hateful extremism.
This week’s President’s blog shares remarks made during Installation Shabbat on 6/13/15.
First, our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by the recent flood (May 25-26). Many of our congregants, neighbors, and chevre (friends) throughout the city were devastated. The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service have rapidly mobilized efforts for recovery. Congregation Brith Shalom, along with many other organizations, are also working diligently to help those affected.
If you give a person a fish, they eat for a day. If you teach them to fish, you give them opportunity to help themselves and feed their family. If you further their skills so that they now become educators, they become the teachers for tomorrow’s children with the ability to transform a community.
Congregation Brith Shalom is moving forward! We are trying new ideas, and generating an excitement about ways to enhance spiritual growth. Luckily, we have a Board of Trustees committed to success. One reason for this success is a quiet but effective echanism in place for leadership development. This allows a succession of individuals to learn committee structure so that we can implement existing programs, develop new ideas, and flourish when challenges arise.
Let me begin by thanking everyone for their mazel tovs and good wishes, and for putting your trust into our newly elected board of trustees to guide CBS to success as we travel along our Jewish journey. We are indeed a “sacred and compassionate community”, and I am confident that CBS will reach new heights in multiple arenas over the next few years.
We are facing some important discussions about our future direction. As we prepare for those discussions, let’s remember that we have a wonderful Kehilla (community) that is dynamic and active. Our community is one that enjoys learning, developing and praying together. We have several opportunities to strengthen and build our community in the next several weeks and my wish is for as many people as possible to participate in these upcoming events.
Each week I get to thank the many participants involved in the Shabbat services, and I especially enjoy thanking the Torah readers. We were particularly blessed last Shabbat as we had six readings from three families with two readers each – the Actors, Picuses, and Remsons. Todah Rabbah, Thank You, for the fine example you set for us.
According to Wikipedia (where else would I look it up?) a blog (a contraction of the words web and log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). If you’re reading this, you probably already know that, or you are an older friend or relative of mine who is just interested in seeing what I might have to say.