Dear Friends, On the hearth, a fire burns, And in the house it is warm. And the rabbi is teaching little children, The alphabet. See, children, remember, dear ones, What …continue reading Yiddish at CBI!
Dear Friends, The book of Kohelet reminds us that there is a season for everything and a time for every experience under heaven. Or as Rabbi Yonatan Cash put it …continue reading Purim 2017
“The world is divided into two types of people. The first type of person repeats himself again and again, each time saying the same thing. The second type are those …continue reading Meditation for Rosh Hashana – 5777
Dear Friends, The High Holidays are late in the solar cycle this year, so at the beginning of September we are just starting the month of Elul. But the High …continue reading Rabbi Siemers – September 2016
Oh Zion! Surely you will ask after the well-being of your captives Ones who seek your well-being and are the remnant of your flock From West, East, North and South, …continue reading Rabbi Siemers – August 2016
Dear Friends, In this interval between Pesach and Shavout, I often return to a teaching of Philo Judaeus. Philo lived in Alexandria at the beginning of the Common Era …continue reading Rabbi Siemers – May 2016
Dear Friends, I hope this note finds everyone well. In the world and national scene there is quite a bit of negative news to process. So this is as good …continue reading Rabbi Siemers – January 2015
Dear Friends, As I write in mid-October Israel is reeling from an outbreak of assaults against Jews. Those given to gallows humor have taken to calling the attacks “The Lone …continue reading November 2015 – Rabbi Siemers
Congregation Beth Israel and the Jewish Community Endowment Associates of Bangor Present A Scholar-In-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D Rabbi On the Ganges : A Jewish Hindu Encounter Friday …continue reading Scholar-In-Residence Weekend!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, New York, NY…Rabbis and leaders of the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements are joining with the Conference of Presidents in declaring this weekend, October 16 …continue reading Congregation Beth Israel Participates in Shabbat of Solidarity for Israel