Tu B’Shvat And The Lorax

Tu B’Shvat And The Lorax by Maayan Lev  Tu B’Shevat, the New Year Of The Trees, is approaching (February 5-6). It functions much like a Jewish Arbor Day. There are many ways to mark this day. You can plant trees. You can have a Tu B’shevat seder (as we will...

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Welcome Gabrielle Salo into our CAH family

We recently welcomed Gabrielle Salo into our CAH family. Gabrielle completed the Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism program, housed at the American Jewish University, the center for Conservative Judaism west of the Mississippi River. She also completed a year of private study with Rabbi Sacks, and completed her...

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Second-Year Commemoration of January 6, 2021

In the United States, we recently passed the second year anniversary of the events of January 6, 2021, when people from all over the country came armed to Washington, D.C. and interfered with the lawful and peaceful transition of power by storming the U.S. Capitol building. The mob was seeking to...

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APPEAL SPEECH 2022

Every year on Yom Kippur we have two CAH members speak. For the first talk, Rabbi Sacks each year invites a member of the Congregation to speak about Am HaYam and how it has affected their life. This year’s personal talk was given by Neal Abramson. Neal Abramson is a...

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Remarks delivered by Rabbi J.B. Sacks at the dedication of Congregation Beth Shalom’s new synagogue space in Palm Desert

What Today’s Dedication Means (Remarks delivered by Rabbi J.B. Sacks at the dedication of Congregation Beth Shalom’s new synagogue space in Palm Desert on September 11, 2022)[1] Good afternoon! What a wonderful occasion for us to gather, the dedication of a new home for Congregation Beth Shalom, a new home...

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The Passion in Compassion

From the Rabbi’s Study   The Passion in Compassion As a member of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, Cantor Isaac Goodfriend[1] joined his colleagues in a tour of a number of concentration camps and other sites. During the tour he visited the Polish farmer who had hidden him and...

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Message About Ukraine

Dear Am HaYam Family, It is with heavy heart that we approach Shabbat, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We are concerned about the potential for this conflict to deepen. We are concerned about the potential for other countries to enter the conflict on one side of the other. We are...

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Indispensable in Our Small Parts

From the Rabbi’s Study  Indispensable in Our Small Parts  Humans seem to have evolved from common ancestors. Scientist point to homo habilus.“handy man,” and others that are part of the homo grouping, known for their brain size and structure, and their use of tools. Homo habilus existed between 1.4 million...

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