Read Our Rabbis' Weekly Messages

January 26, 2023

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, January 27, 2023

Dear Friends, “24 Days into the Year, 69 Deaths in Mass Shootings.” My heart sank this Wednesday as I read the front-page headline of the New […]
January 19, 2023

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, January 20, 2023

Dear Friends, With tremendous joy we are making history tonight. After 46 wonderful years we are installing the talented and gifted, Ines Kapustiansky, as our Temple’s […]
January 12, 2023

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, January 13, 2023

Dear Friends, God’s rainbow is comprised of people of many colors. Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught “Judge a person not by the color of […]
January 5, 2023

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, January 6, 2023

Dear Friends, Each one of us has a family story. Last week I took my children to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to see the […]
December 29, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, December 30, 2022

Dear Friends, Tonight, is the last Shabbat of 2022. As we look back over the past year we can see there has been moments of darkness, […]
December 22, 2022

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

Dear Friends, While meeting with Ukraine’s Jewish President this Wednesday, US President Joe Biden showed great respect for the Jewish people by comparing Ukraine’s struggle to […]
December 15, 2022

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

Dear Friends, It’s time to take your Hanukkah menorah off the shelf and find a box of candles.  Hanukkah starts Sunday, December 18th. Please come join […]
December 8, 2022

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

Dear Friends, Be a Modern Maccabee I am mourning the recent death of my cousin Fritzi, a Holocaust survivor, who died in her sleep a month […]
December 1, 2022

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

Dear Friends, A holy moment occurred at the Temple.  Stephanie Garry, a former Temple President, and I invited members of the congregation to a session entitled, […]
November 22, 2022

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

Dear Friends, I hope you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving, yesterday, in good health and happiness. I want to recognize and thank all the volunteers and Social […]
November 17, 2022

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

Dear Friends, Anti-Semitism is never funny. This past week, Dave Chappelle abused his platform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live to spread lies, hatred and conspiracy theories […]
November 11, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, November 11, 2022

Dear Friends, Voting is a Mitzvah Did you know that Jews were not allowed to vote, in any country, until 1789? In Europe, Jews were forbidden to […]
November 11, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, November 4, 2022

Dear Friends, Voting is a Mitzvah Did you know that Jews were not allowed to vote, in any country, until 1789? In Europe, Jews were forbidden to […]
October 28, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 28, 2022

Dear Friends, The rise of antisemitic hatred should have us all concerned. Fortunately, the public outrage against Kanye West’s call for “Death con 3 against Jewish […]
October 20, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 21, 2022

Dear Friends, Who wears the Crown in Judaism? A few weeks ago, the Queen of England died and many mourned the monarchy. Have you ever thought […]
October 14, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 14, 2022

Dear Friends, When I was a child, my Mom was the Hebrew School Principal. She was very enthusiastic about the Jewish Holidays and we always built […]
October 6, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, October 7, 2022

Dear Friends, We go from strength to strength, from the solemnity of Yom Kippur to the joy of Sukkot.Next Friday night, October 14th, you are invited […]
September 29, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, September 30, 2022

Dear Friends, Jews and Christians have shared a complicated history for most of the past 2,000 years. Tonight on the Jewish Calendar is Shabbat Shuva (the Shabbat of […]
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 […]