Read Our Rabbis' Weekly Messages

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 […]
March 10, 2022

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

Dear Friends, On Saturday night, Motzi Shabbat (after Shabbat), I will be boarding a plane to fly to the Ukrainian/Polish border to assist refugees who are in desperate […]
March 4, 2022

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

Dear Friends, I was moved to see more than 450 people come together on Wednesday night for a session about the War in Ukraine and how […]
February 17, 2022

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

Dear Friends, The daily news about the growing possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine has me concerned. I served as a Rabbi for the Reform […]
February 10, 2022

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

Dear Friends, It saddens me to write to you about antisemitism in our backyard. Last week a swastika was scrawled at the John Jay Middle School […]
February 3, 2022

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

Dear Friends, This week the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, condemned Amnesty International’s report accusing Israel of “apartheid.” Jacobs wrote, “Amnesty’s […]
January 28, 2022

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

Dear Friends, This Shabbat follows the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion. In many synagogues this Shabbat is called “Repro Shabbat,” […]
January 20, 2022

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

Dear Friends, Last Saturday was gut-wrenching for us as Jews. I held my breath as we watched the harrowing events of Rabbi Charlie Cyton-Walker and three […]
January 14, 2022

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

Dear Friends, Martin Luther King wrote “We may have all come here on different boats, but we are all in the same ship now.” Tonight is […]
January 6, 2022

Rabbi David Wilfond’s Message – Friday, January 6, 2022

Dear Friends, We live in difficult times.   Yesterday marked one year since the storming of our nation’s capital on January 6th. The events of that day […]
December 16, 2021

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

Dear Friends, This week we arrive at the end. Our Torah portion is the end of the Book of Genesis (Sefer Breshit), and the end of Jacob’s […]
December 2, 2021

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

The Hope of Hanukah Dear Friends, The message of Hanukah is hope. Even a little candle can light up the darkness. This past week in Katonah we […]