Sermons & Articles

Sermon in Song: TST Choir and United Parish Brookline Choir

Posted on September 28, 2022

Introduction by Rabbi Danny Burkeman I remember trying out for my synagogue youth choir when I was a child. I really enjoyed singing and it also meant that I would get to miss a bit of the regular class. They had a policy that everyone was accepted into the choir and so they let me Continue Reading »

Earth Etude for Elul: We Must Finish the Work

Posted on August 31, 2022

By Harvey Michaels Originally posted as part of a blog series for the Jewish Climate Action Network, MA during the month of Elul There is a tradition that in the month preceding the Jewish New Year in September, we begin our contemplation about our failures, and returning to our true selves – our Teshuvah. We Continue Reading »

Responding to Threats of Violence

Posted on August 25, 2022

12,233 days, over 400 months, almost 33 ½ years. That was the amount of time between Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a Fatwa, a legal ruling calling on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, and the attack which took place a week ago at the Chautauqua Institution where someone tried to murder Rushdie.  In 1988, Salman Rushdie published Continue Reading »

Eikev: August Board of Trustees Drash

Posted on August 18, 2022

By Ginny MacDowell, Development Trustee In the Parshah of Eikev (“Because”), Moses continues his closing address to the children of Israel, promising them that if they will fulfill the commandments or mitzvot of the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer and settle in keeping with G-d’s promise to their Continue Reading »

Letter from the President – July Update

Posted on July 22, 2022

A letter from Board of Trustees President Jackie Loren Hello friends: I’ve talked to many congregants since becoming President and they have asked me to share more information about what’s happening around the Temple. I’m hoping to make a habit of sharing updates after each Board meeting, starting with the July 18th board meeting. Here’s Continue Reading »

The Power of Dairy Queen

Posted on July 15, 2022

Originally published by eJewish Philanthropy For the first two years of my job as director of youth engagement, I had an “if you build it, they will come” mentality. Having inherited a struggling youth program – which I was hired with the explicit expectation of resuscitating – I immediately poured my efforts into revamping all Continue Reading »

“Can you BELIEVE what Montefiore said?!” The Jewish Court Project of All Time

Posted on July 15, 2022

Originally published by the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute This article was written by TST Director of Education, Alison Weikel, and Jeff Stanzler, a faculty member of MTEI Introduction  (Jeff) Using imaginative role-play combined with engaged research and mentorship, The Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a web-based simulation that has served Jewish day schools Continue Reading »

Don’t Forget The Other Millennials

Posted on July 15, 2022

Originally Published by eJewish Philanthropy Since becoming a leader within the Jewish community just over 20 years ago, I have observed a major focus on engaging young adults. We can see that there are services and programs set up with the explicit purpose of attracting young adults to connect with synagogues or to their Jewish Continue Reading »

A Jewish Response to the Reversal of Roe v. Wade

Posted on July 7, 2022

I have always been an Americanophile; in case you’re unfamiliar with the term it means “a person who greatly admires of favors America or things from American culture.”1 Okay, full disclosure I didn’t actually know there was a word for this, but I googled in the hope that it would exist and there it was.   Continue Reading »