January 2016 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

Building a Singing Community Kol Rinah is getting a singing lesson. Yes, Kol Rinah—our entire synagogue community—will be getting a giant singing lesson when Joey Weisenberg, our scholar-in-residence this year comes Friday-Sunday February 12-14. But the goal won’t be to teach us all to be opera singers. It will be to teach us how to…

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November 2015 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

What’s Your Micro-Community? There are the people who put out the food, and the people who help clean it up. There are the people who make sure the doors are unlocked, and then locked again. There are the people who read Torah, and assign aliyot, and call page numbers, and teach Torah. There are the…

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September 2015 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

We get more from what we build and create ourselves than from what we are given.” -Rabbi Jonathan Sacks via Jeannie Appleman I love to eat, and I love to cook. I enjoy a great meal in an outstanding restaurant as much as the next person. I’ve moaned over bites, refused to share, marveled at…

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July 2015 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

Renewing the High Holidays I am so excited for High Holidays at Kol Rinah this year! Kol Rinah will be the place to be this High Holiday season. And by the end of this article, you’ll understand why! High Holiday Leadership First of all, as we bid a very bittersweet farewell to my friend and…

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May 2015 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

A Year of Community What is a community? What is a Jewish community? What rights do community members possess, what responsibilities do members of a community have to each other and to the community as a whole? What are the challenges of living in community? How has the definition of and need for community changed…

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January 2015 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

I am a congregational rabbi, a pulpit rabbi. I’m not a professional scholar. While I do have particular, specific interests, like singing, studying and teaching the interpretive tradition of Torah, and looking at “stories” from the rabbinic tradition, I’m by need more a generalist than a specialist. That’s why I so appreciate the opportunity we…

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December 2014 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

Something perfect happened on a Friday night at shul here at Kol Rinah recently.  I only heard about it the following morning.  It was organic, spontaneous, welcoming, deeply Jewish and completely unself-conscious.  And I want to challenge you, if you are able, to do this yourself.  Not everyone can do it right now—we each have…

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November 2014 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

Let’s talk about game changers. No, nothing having to do with the Cardinals or any other sports team. I want to tell you about two incredible leadership development opportunities for members of Kol Rinah that can be game changers for individuals, and for Kol Rinah. The first I have some indirect personal experience with, and…

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October 2014 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

What’s your favorite moment of Shabbat morning services at Kol Rinah?  One of mine is Mourner’s Kaddish at the end of the service.  But it’s not actually Mourner’s Kaddish that I love—although it is a holy moment for all of us, and especially for those reciting it.  But during Mourner’s Kaddish, the kids of our…

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