Read Our Rabbis' Weekly Messages

September 22, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 23, 2022

Dear Friends, May I ask you Four Questions for the High Holy Days?  1. Do you own a Shofar? If yes, please bring it with you […]
September 15, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 16, 2022

Dear Friends, Have you decided yet what you are wearing for the High Holy Days? It might sound superficial, but for Jews, clothing on the High […]
September 8, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 9, 2022

Dear Friends,I want you to meet Ashira Boxman. Ashira is a Third Year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College and will be our intern this year. […]
September 1, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 2, 2022

Dear Friends, Till now, my happiest day at the Temple was this past Shabbat! Our congregation was packed with families and individuals of every age! Our […]
August 25, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 26, 2022

Dear Friends, When a parent buries a child, our hearts break. It’s not supposed to be this way. We expect one day, after a long life, we […]
August 18, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 19, 2022

Dear Friends, “Not by bread alone do human beings live,” declares this week’s Torah Portion.   Some of the world’s greatest minds have been nourished by this […]
August 11, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 12, 2022

Dear Friends, One of the happiest moments for me as a Rabbi is to stand with a couple under the Chuppah. One of the harder times […]
August 4, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, August 5, 2022

Dear Friends, Watching my mother descend deeply into dementia these past few months has been very difficult.  We moved our family from Jerusalem to America in-part […]
July 21, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, July 22, 2022

Dear Friends, It has been such a joy to spend the past two weeks at the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts […]
July 7, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, July 8, 2022

Dear Friends, Tonight, is a historical moment for our community. Cantor Ines Kapustiansky will lead her first Shabbat service in our stunning sanctuary. This is a chance for […]
June 30, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, July 1, 2022

Dear Friends, With great excitement our Cantor arrives today in America!  For two years we conducted an extensive search for the most talented cantor who would be […]
June 23, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 24, 2022

Dear Friends, “Hakarat haTov” is the Jewish practice of “Recognizing the good.” “It is easy to see all the problems around us. There are so many it […]
June 16, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 17, 2022

Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion describes the seven lights of the menorah. I want to share seven points of light emanating from our Temple. 1. […]
June 9, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 10, 2022

Dear Friends, Please accept this as your personal invitation to join this year’s biggest Jewish event in Northern Westchester, our temple’s Gala. Tomorrow, Saturday night, we […]
June 2, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, June 3, 2022

Dear Friends, Pride and Shavuot celebrate LOVE Yesterday the largest Gay PRIDE parade in the history of Jerusalem was celebrated under Rainbow flags and banners with “Love your […]
May 26, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 27, 2022

Hell is here and now, Heaven could be too. Dear Friends, For Jews, Hell is not a theological destination, it is an actual geographical location. In […]
May 19, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 20, 2022

Spiritual Renewal and Lag B’Omer Dear Friends, The springtime Jewish custom of counting the Omer is in remembrance of the Jews who perished resisting the Roman […]
May 12, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, May 13, 2022

Dear Friends, I would like to share some personal happy news. This past week, I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hebrew Union College for […]
April 28, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 29, 2022

Dear Friends, Come with your family and friends for FUN this Sunday to celebrate our Temple Sustainability & Beautification Day. Learn about Solar Power, Composting, and Electric Cars. ABC […]
April 21, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 22, 2022

Dear Friends, It was during Passover 80 years ago that the Jews of Warsaw found the courage to rise up against an oppressor. Today, President Zelensky […]
April 14, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 15, 2022

Dear Friends, The week I got an unexpected phone call from one of my former congregants in Ukraine. Though I had not seen him in 25 years, […]
April 7, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 8, 2022

Dear Friends, This morning I hid the newspaper from my children, again. I feel uncomfortable with my children eating breakfast cereal and looking at the front-page picture […]
March 31, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, April 1, 2022

Dear Friends, This past week I joined 400 Reform Rabbis for a conference in San Diego. This was the first in-person conference of the CCAR in three […]
March 24, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, March 25, 2022

Dear Friends, This week we mourn the loss of America’s first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Albright broke the glass ceiling for women in national leadership. Like […]
March 17, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, March 18, 2022

Dear Friends, This week I traveled with eighteen New York rabbis to the Ukrainian border to bring medical supplies and hope to Refugees in Poland. At a […]