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Terumah

by Fred Thomsen

The recent Torah portion, Terumah, is the first of seven devoted to the building of the mishkan, the portable sanctuary where the Israelites could experience the presence of G-d. It seems particularly fitting to discuss this now, as we have begun this year’s membership pledge drive. Terumah means “gift” or “offering”. In Exodus 25:2 G-d says to Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel, and have them take for Me an offering; from every person whose heart inspires him to generosity, you shall take My offering.”

Teshuvah/Repentence -- in February?

by Rabbi Sonya Starr

To Sustain

In the middle of the second year of CJC's implementation of a "sustainability dues model" I want to reflect on where we are as a congregation. And, as we are still in a post-Thanksgiving glow, I want to express my gratitude. First, I am thankful for the all the support you have provided to me and Steve in our co-presidency, which has enabled our work thus far. And I am thankful for all your pledges, and especially for all who have heeded the call for supplemental pledges. All of these go toward realizing our congregational vision of Kehilah Kedosha, sacred community.

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