Read Our Rabbis' Weekly Messages

November 24, 2021

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

Dear Friends On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful that we just celebrated a beautiful installation. I want to offer thanks to the Board of Trustees and […]
November 11, 2021

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

Dear Friends, In two weeks, our congregation will celebrate its first Rabbinic Installation in decades.A Rabbinic Installation is a sacred event in the life of a […]
November 3, 2021

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

Dear Friends, In two weeks, our congregation will celebrate its first Rabbinic Installation in decades.A Rabbinic Installation is a sacred event in the life of a […]
October 28, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 29, 2021

Fight Hatred By Doing Deeds of Loving-Kindness With Your Temple Dear Friends, I remember exactly where I was on the day of the deadliest antisemitic attack […]
October 21, 2021

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

Colin Powell’s Yiddish Soul Dear Friends, This week America lost one of its most inspiring leaders, Colin Powell.  I first became aware of Powell in the […]
October 14, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 15, 2021

L’Chaim with Etrog Liquor Dear Friends, This week, William Shatner of Star Trek fame returned to earth after his first real-life journey into space. Shortly after touchdown, he […]
October 7, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Friends, Harvey Doppelt, a member of our congregation called me a few weeks ago. “Rabbi, would you lead the Babi Yar Remembrance Ceremony at the Ukrainian […]
September 30, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 1, 2021

Jewish Environmental Awareness Dear Friends, Almost every day in the newspaper I see articles about problems of climate change. In recent years there has been a […]
September 23, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 24, 2021

Sukkot Memories of my Father Dear Friends, I always think of my father at Sukkot because in his last years he became an Etrog farmer. One […]
September 15, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 17, 2021

Dear Friends, This coming Monday is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. We celebrate the full moon of the Fall equinox and the fruits of the harvest. The Sukkah is a […]
September 9, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 10, 2021

Dear Friends, This Shabbat is 9/11. If you ask someone where they were on 9/11, you will hear vivid memories of exactly where they were when the […]
September 2, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 3, 2021

Dear Friends, Tonight, is the last Shabbat of the year 5781. On Monday night we will usher in the New Year 5782. May our spirits, strength, […]
August 26, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 27, 2021

We are honoring you at the High Holy Days Dear Friends, It is exciting that in 10 days we will greet Rosh Hashanah at Caramoor in-person […]
August 26, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 20, 2021

Dear Friends, This week we witnessed the messy end of a 20-year American war in Afghanistan. This has been America’s longest war. More than 2,500 US […]
August 5, 2021

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 6, 2021

Mountains of Curses, Mountains of Blessings, and Gold Medals Dear Friends, This week the news of the Delta variant has cast a dark shadow on our […]
July 30, 2021

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

Dear Friends, In just six weeks we will greet the New Jewish Year, 5782. It is exciting to be back at Caramoor in-person. Many things will be […]
July 23, 2021

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

The Jewish antidote for hatred is a holiday of Love, Tu b’AvDear Friends,Ben and Jerry’s is playing politics with ice-cream. This week they announced a boycott […]
July 15, 2021

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

Spiritual Revival Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, at Torah study, Rabbi Greenberg revealed something unexpected. He said, “One of the greatest regrets of my rabbinate is […]
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 […]
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