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By holding a Shiva, the family also benefits the community. The family is inviting the community in to their home. One of the roles of the community is to console the individual within the community, to be present during a time of grief. By holding a Shiva, a family is giving an opportunity to the community to fulfill its purpose for existence.

By holding a Shiva, the family also benefits the community. The family is inviting the community in to their home. One of the roles of the community is to console the individual within the community, to be present during a time of grief. By holding a Shiva, a family is giving an opportunity to the community to fulfill its purpose for existence.

Message to the Jewish Community and CBI Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 6/1/2020 I recall when I my children were about to go to college, that I sat down with them to talk about Anti-Semitism they might encounter during their college years. I would share ...continue reading "Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg With the Governor’s 1st phase reopening guidelines, it is possible for Houses of Worship to gather at 25% capacity. At the time of this writing, the CBI leadership is deliberating on what makes sense for our congregation.  I have recommended a cautious approach to gathering physically. While ...continue reading "Trying to Return to Reading the Torah: A Thought Experiment"