July 8, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, July 9, 2021

1 AvDear Friends, This past week my wife, Debbie, and I were driving in Manhattan. We were stopped at a red light. Looking up, we saw […]
July 1, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, July 2, 2021

Jewish July 4thDear Friends, Do you remember where you were on July 4th, 1976? This was the day of America’s Bicentennial and Operation Sail, the country’s largest […]
June 24, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 25, 2021

Summertime Shabbat at Shaaray Dear Friends,George Gershwin, the great composer, grew up in Brooklyn in a Jewish family. His name, at his Bar Mitzvah, was Jacob […]
June 17, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 18, 2021

Full of hope about new Israeli Knesset (government) Dear Friends, I am full of hope about the new Israeli government that began this week. This government […]
June 10, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 11, 2021

Ice-Cream and GodDear Friends, I am thrilled to inform you of our new policy. If you are vaccinated, you can take off your mask. I want to […]
June 4, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 4, 2021

Dear Friends, PRIDE in our Community I am so proud our congregation is Celebrating Pride Shabbat. Reform Judaism was the first movement to champion LBGTQ inclusion. Our […]
May 28, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 28, 2021

Dear Friends, The Roller Coaster The past few weeks have been a roller coaster for our Jewish community. The warfare in Israel has been heartbreaking. The […]
May 20, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 21, 2021

Dear Friends, For the past 10 days Israel has been under constant rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles have also been launched from Lebanon and Syria. Street […]
May 13, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 14, 2021

Dear Friends, I am in pain. The news from Israel makes me cry. It hurts to see my friends, neighbors and family in Israel suffering. I […]
May 6, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 7, 2021

Dear Friends, Last week Israel experienced its worst peacetime tragedy. 45 people died and over 150 were wounded in a stampede at a Jewish religious music festival […]
April 30, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 30, 2021

Dear Friends, Celebrating “End of Plague” then and nowToday is Lag b’Omer, perhaps the most mysterious day on the Jewish calendar. Lag stands for Lamed Gimel two […]
April 30, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 23, 2021

Dear Friends, Our Exile is ending!The story of the Jewish People is a narrative of Exile and Return.In 586 BCE, the cruel Nebuchadnezzar exiled our people […]
April 15, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 16, 2021

Dear Friends, It is a Mitzvah to Celebrate Israel’s Birthday! For American Jews, the High Holy Days is the time we often feel most connected.For many […]
April 8, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 9, 2021

Dear Friends, Yizkor Remembrance is a Mitzvah This week we marked 76 years since the end of the Holocaust. Why was Yom HaShoah observed this week? The Israeli Knesset […]
April 1, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 2, 2021

Dear Friends, “God is Subtle”Albert Einstein reminds us “God is subtle.” It seems obvious to say “Oh God!” in a moment of high drama, like the awesome […]
March 26, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, March 26, 2021

Dear Friends, Matzah, Lechem Oni, the ‘Bread that makes us speak up!’ On Saturday night we will lift up a piece of Matzah at the Seder […]
March 11, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, March 12, 2021

Dear Friends, Endings can lead to beginnings. Do you remember the ending of the film “Yentel?” Barbara Streisand cross-dresses as “Yentel the Yeshiva Boy” in order to […]
March 4, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, March 5, 2021

Dear Friends, At the gateway of our country stands the Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazuraus wrote these words for it’s base. “Not like the brazen giant of […]