Sermons & Articles

Rabbi Danny’s Remarks at Indigenous Peoples Day Ceremony

Posted on October 13, 2021

As a Jewish community the importance of a people’s connection to their land is at the center of our Torah, our sacred text, and so I am grateful to Andre for beginning today’s vigil with a land acknowledgement, recognizing his people’s connection to the land on which we are currently gathered. Thank you to all Continue Reading »

High Holiday Appeal 5782

Posted on October 8, 2021

In case you missed it, we invite you to watch a special message from Rabbi Danny, Ginny MacDowell, and Harris Rosenheim: Click here to show your support for Temple Shir Tikva. Make your impact today

A Statement on the Events at the Southern Border

Posted on September 27, 2021

כְּאֶזְרָ֣ח מִכֶּם֩ יִהְיֶ֨ה לָכֶ֜ם הַגֵּ֣ר הַגָּ֣ר אִתְּכֶ֗ם וְאָהַבְתָּ֥ לוֹ֙ כָּמ֔וֹךָ כִּֽי־גֵרִ֥ים הֱיִיתֶ֖ם בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם אֲנִ֖י יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I Adonai am your God.” (Vayikra-Leviticus 19:34) We Continue Reading »

Detours (Yom Kippur sermon)

Posted on September 27, 2021

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Erev Yom Kippur • September 15, 2021 • 10 Tishrei 5782 I was listening to back episodes of Radical Candor recently.  It’s a podcast I like, by the authors of a book by the same name, about leadership and workplace dynamics.  As I worked my way through Season 1 of the Continue Reading »

COVID Keepers- Rosh HaShanah I Sermon

Posted on September 17, 2021

Click here to watch the video! There was a man who found the cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far Continue Reading »

Sharing Our Brokenness

Posted on September 17, 2021

How’s it going? How are you? How are things? We get asked this question, or a variation of it numerous times a day. But, when I first moved to America, I had to get used to the fact that “How are you?” is not necessarily a real question. The Cultural Atlas actually warns newcomers to Continue Reading »

Sukkot and Simchat Torah at TST

Posted on September 14, 2021

We have big plans for the festival of Sukkot and Simchat Torah here at TST! Join us for a variety of programming events that are fun for the whole family! See below for registration links: Sukkot Morning Service Study in the Sukkah Blood Donation Registration Sukkot-Simchat Torah Spectacular Simchat Torah Celebration Simchat Torah Morning and Continue Reading »

Perfect Rainbow Order: The Climate, Despair, and Our Song of Hope (Rosh Hashanah sermon)

Posted on September 12, 2021

by Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis Erev Rosh Hashanah 5782 When I was nine years old, I had the most magnificent marker set, with slender markers in a metal tray in two rows, with an insert with careful indentations in which to nestle each marker in its place, and a lid that fit on perfectly, snuggling Continue Reading »

A Song of Ascendings, on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 (Shabbat Shuvah)

Posted on September 10, 2021

by Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis Psalm 126 A Song of Ascendings. שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֭הֹוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֝יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹלְמִֽים׃ When the Eternal returned the returners to Zion, we were like dreamers; Our mouths were filled with laughter then, Our tongue with song….  We were so happy. שׁוּבָ֣ה יְ֭הֹוָה אֶת־שְׁבִיתֵ֑נוּ כַּאֲפִיקִ֥ים בַּנֶּֽגֶב׃ הַזֹּרְעִ֥ים בְּדִמְעָ֗ה בְּרִנָּ֥ה יִקְצֹֽרוּ׃ Continue Reading »