Giving Thanks in Jerusalem

Thanksgiving in Jerusalem This week it was Thanksgiving in America and I am in Jerusalem feeling full of thanks for so much here; the beauty and the passion; the courage and the hope of ordinary people wanting a different future; the incredible gift of reconnecting with wonderful friends; the opportunity to learn such deep Torah […]

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Reflections from Jerusalem – Wrestling with the Angels

Reflections from Jerusalem – Wrestling with the Angels I wrote a quick post on Friday before Shabbat and another on Sunday morning, each reflecting different components of  my extraordinary visit to this special and hurting place. They are below with the most recent first. Truthfully, the second post came from a slight misunderstanding and refers […]

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How Open is Our Tent? – Yom Kippur Day – 5776

How Open is Our Tent? Yom Kippur Day – 5776 I am still haunted by the experience of walking into a large synagogue in Jerusalem for the first time one Friday night many years ago.  I had been invited to a Shabbat dinner in the neighborhood close to the President’s house in Talbia and was excited […]

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A Reflection on Forgiveness before Yom Kippur

Friends, Tomorrow night we begin the deep journey of Yom Kippur, yet our tradition invites us to use the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a time for apology and forgiveness, through deeds, words and the spirit of understanding and generosity which should embrace us all. This is not easy work and sometimes, we […]

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Rosh HaShanah 5776 – From the White House to the Green House

From The White House to the Green House Rosh HaShanah 5776  “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” Says the farmer, poet, environmentalist Wendell Berry. Our world has seen so many sacred places desecrated; we have seen Black churches burning in the South; ancient religious sites destroyed by the […]

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From the White House to the USDA and Back to Boulder

I still have not fully processed this amazing honor bestowed on me by the White House as a Climate Faith Leader Champion of Change!  I am proud, of course, but also very deeply humbled, as not only was I in the company that day of remarkable activists, but I also was standing on the shoulders […]

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Rabbi Marc to be Honored at the White House!

White House Honors Faith Leaders for Climate “Champions of Change”  WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 20th, the White House will recognize twelve people of faith as “Champions of Change” for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change. These Champions have demonstrated clear leadership across the United States […]

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Musical Friday Nights are Back!

With some new faces and wonderful new melodies, we are excited that our popular Musical Friday Night Services are back!  Join Jackie on mandolin, Aron on guitar, Jenna on violin, Wayne and surprise guests on drums for a spirited, joyful prayer experience to help transition from the week into Shabbat.  We invite you to participate […]

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My Weekend in Baltimore

It was almost a whole year in advance that I was invited by Rabbi Sid Schwarz to join the faculty of a retreat for rabbinical students across the denominational spectrum, on the theme of “spirituality and social justice.”  It felt like a real honor to join the teachers on this program of CLAL’s Rabbis without […]

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Prayers and Help for Nepal

Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal after this most devastating earthquake that has taken over 4,000 lives, with so many missing, injured, homeless and traumatized.  We feel far away and helpless and all we can do is open our hearts in prayer and compassion for the victims of this massive disaster.  We […]

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