Please join Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton for a Shabbat service, followed by an oneg Shabbat.
The Mitzvah of FEEDING the HUNGRY – Now an ONGOING DRIVE At GRS
I was so proud of our congregation when, following the High Holidays, Neighbor to Neighbor commented upon the large amount of food we had amassed this year. Bravo – feeding the hungry is indeed amongst the highest of mitzvot that we can perform.
As we approach Thanksgiving, and rejoice over our blessings, let us truly express our gratitude by bringing in non-perishable foods, not only for holidays, but all year round.
Effective immediately, we will be collecting food throughout the year for regular distribution to the needy in our midst.
As Rabbi Tarfon said, "It is not our obligation to complete the work, but neither are we free to desist from it (Pirke Avot 2:21)."
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
Friday, November 18
Tot Shabbat Service, 5:45 – 6:15 pm
Stories, song and blessings for young children and their families. Led by Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton. Participants need not be members of Greenwich Reform Synagogue to attend.
7th Grade Shabbat Service, 6:30 pm
Please join us for a Shabbat Service led by the GRS 7th graders, followed by an Oneg Shabbat generously sponsored by the 7th grade parents.
Rabbi Sklarz at the Greenwich Krystallnacht Service
Some seventy three years ago in Germany, a land so associated with enlightenment, the unthinkable took place, which led to the extermination of millions throughout Europe. We are all too aware of the atrocities of the horrific pogrom we call Krystallnacht, the ransacking of Jewish businesses and homes and the destruction of nearly 2,000 synagogues throughout Germany and Austria on November 9-10,1938.
Last summer on a visit to Berlin, I saw firsthand the remnants of a world which had once been:
a thriving center of Jewish culture and scholarship that had flourished for centuries wedded with the 19th & 20th century Jewish contributions to the arts, medicine, science, technology, and social science.
Yet as we know, with a swift change in power, the climate experienced a cataclysm of unprecedented proportions. In one night, Jewish property and holy sites were razed to the ground by fire and axe, and soon after, Jews and all deemed as untermenchen, or subhumans, were led to the flames of extermination. While this is a part of Jewish and world history, it will be little more than a footnote if we fail to learn the lessons from our past.
Sadly, I must share that a nationwide survey of the American people found that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen in America. Accordingly, 15% of Americans – nearly 35 million adults – hold deeply anti-Semitic views. At a time in which unemployment and economic insecurity are rife in our nation, a growing percentage of Americans expressed that "Jews have too much control or influence," as well as increased percentages who believe Jews "have too much power in the United States," "use shady practices," and "talk too much about the Holocaust."
My friends, let us learn from our past lest history repeat itself. May we work vigilantly to dispel negative images of all groups. May we ever strive to build bridges between all peoples; thus endeavoring to create a world of justice and compassion for all.
Ken y'hi Razon – May it be your will – O God. Amen.
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
GRS will be participating in Shabbat worship at Temple Sholom for a special service devoted to the cadets and midshipmen who have participated in the Auschwitz Jewish Center Ethics Program.
Following the service, there will be a roundtable discussion with cadets & midshipmen from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Military Ethics Program.
The American Service Academies Program chooses cadets and midshipmen from our U.S. armed forces and gives them an opportunity to participate in an intensive three week program dedicated to learning about the Holocaust and Military Ethics. The program is run through the Auschwitz Jewish Center.
During a three week tour of Poland, participants met Holocaust survivors and rescuers (Righteous Christians), worked with scholars, visited Holocaust sites and significantly explored the role of military leadership and ethical responsibility as it relates to their career choice.
Join us for a panel discussion to hear from them firsthand about their experiences and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and ethical leadership.
No fee. Register here.
It was a cold weekend and some people are still having a cold and powerless week! You should come and celebrate Shabbat in a warm, welcoming environment!
Please join Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton for a Family Shabbat Service featuring our children's choir, B'nai Shir, followed by a Fall Fest Bring-Your-Own Picnic dinner.
- June 21, 2013 6:30 pmShabbat Service
- June 21, 2013 6:45 pmAnniversary Blessings
- June 23, 2013 9:30 amSummer Lecture Series
- June 24, 2013 7:00 pmKnit & Knosh