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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September 2014 – Message From Rabbi Arnow

My dream job started with a phone call from my mother-in-law: “The new shul, the merger of Shaare Zedek and BSKI, is looking for a rabbi. You should check it out.” I wasn’t looking for a job; life at my congregation in southern New Jersey was good and my family was happy. But I listened…

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