• Jan2023

    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...

  • 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...

  • The New Year 2023: A Time for Renewal  Hope is intangible but real, and it has to do with faith, and G!d, and a New Year. For what is a new year? A new year is another opportunity granted by G!d to renew one’s feeling of hope. A new year...

  • Dec2022

    How Beautiful Our Heritage

    December 7, 2022

    How Beautiful Our Heritage  Jewish continuity has long been a phrase that has buzzed throughout the American Jewish community. Our lived heritage, as it continues to grow and evolve, exhibits that continuity. Our Tradition is the framework for constructing our modern Jewish world, for helping us create our Jewish identities,...

  • Light In the Darkness

    December 7, 2022

    Light In The Darkness by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev  Though the holiday itself does not start until the night of December 18, Hanukkah has officially begun! How do I know? Because my favorite radio station, KOST 103.5, has started playing solely Christmas music, which they will continue doing until shortly...

  • Nov2022

    The American and Biblical Spirit  As we approach Thanksgiving, we might naturally ask ourselves, “What does our country stand for?” Some things that come to my mind: universal, public education job training for our fellow citizens to meet our future needs health care helping refugees fleeing despotic regimes who come...

  • Finding the Sweetness

    November 8, 2022

    Finding the Sweetness Maayan Lev  It was so great to see so many of you in our sanctuary for the High Holy Days, and to know that even more were with us online. On Rosh HaShanah, we greeted each other with the phrase shanah tovah (“a good year”). Some people...

  • Oct2022

    APPEAL SPEECH 2022

    October 5, 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...

  • Hiddur Mitzvah: Color and Spice–and Everything Nice   The extensive descriptions of the sanctuary in the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible),[1] and the descriptions of the appointment of the priests and their vestments is filled with color, artistic skill, and an emphasis on beauty. The ancient Sages spoke of hiddur mitzvah,[2]...

  • Sep2022

    by Maayan Lev As a child, Sukkot was a very big holiday in my family. In fact, it may have been the biggest holiday of the year for us. This is because we had dinner in the sukkah together every night, usually inviting a different family to join us each...