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Archive: August 2018

Jane Katzer Pace

Posted on August 17, 2018

My Journey to This Moment – Jane Katzer Pace, June 16, 2018 While reading through our Machzor during the morning service this past Rosh Hashanah, I found this verse to which I made a strong connection; “I try to walk the road of Judaism. Embedded in that road there are many jewels. One is marked Continue Reading »

Jack Selkirk

Posted on August 3, 2018

My Journey to This Moment – Jack Selkirk, June 16, 2018 When I sat down to write about my personal journey in becoming a bar mitzvah, I started to jot down a list of everything I learned or experienced over the past two years relative to the b’nai mitzvah program. After I had finished, I Continue Reading »

Gary Turetsky

Posted on August 3, 2018

My Journey to This Moment – Gary Turetsky, June 16, 2018 How and why did I come to make the commitment to become an adult B’nai Mitzvah? Back in March of this year, at the Shabbat service honoring Rabbi Holin’s many years of involvement with the adult B’nai Mitzvah program at Kol Ami, I was Continue Reading »

Meryle Gurmankin

Posted on August 1, 2018

My Journey to This Moment – Meryle Gurmankin, June 16, 2018 Two years ago I decided to embark on this journey to become an adult Bat Mitzvah. Why did I decide to spend time each month preparing for this day? I became a Bat Mitzvah when I was thirteen and had attended Hebrew School and Continue Reading »

Shelley Chamberlain

Posted on August 1, 2018

My Journey to This Moment – Shelley Chamberlain, June 16, 2018 This just feels so right. As a kid I attended Jewish camp, wrote creative services, and attended LONG Seders with our extended family.  As a teen, I served as president of our temple youth group.  I took great pride in my grandfather’s role as Continue Reading »

Jonathan Warsaw

Posted on July 12, 2018

Confirmation Service – Jonathan Warsaw, May 20, 2018 If I could change one thing in our society it would be to try and end gun violence. Especially in light of recent events such as the Parkland shooting and the way that the students there and across the country have reacted to it, now is the Continue Reading »

Noah Stern

Posted on July 12, 2018

Confirmation Service – Noah Stern, May 20, 2018 Confirmation is celebrated on Shavuot, a holy day representing the giving of the Ten Commandments. Moses was given the tablets but then ended up destroying them when he saw the people had built the Golden Calf. So he went up again and received new tablets. The giving Continue Reading »

Ben Goldstone

Posted on July 12, 2018

Confirmation Service – Ben Goldstone, May 20, 2018 To be Jewish isn’t just a choice, it’s a lifestyle. I am proud to be Jewish not because of the eight days of presents or the chocolate covered matzah, but because I can turn to my community when I am in need of help. When I go Continue Reading »

Emma Fishbein

Posted on July 12, 2018

Confirmation Service – Emma Fishbein, May 20, 2018 When I have a family, I would like to raise my children Jewish. I want my children to have the community Judaism brings with it. It would connect them with so many people. I would be part of a synagogue so that my children could go to Hebrew Continue Reading »

Ila Charendoff

Posted on July 12, 2018

Confirmation Service – Ila Charendoff, May 20, 2018 Congregation Kol Ami is more than just a synagogue to me. I grew up with Congregation Kol Ami as a constant in my life. From the start of Hebrew school I made connections and friendships with people I may not have ever known and strengthened relationships I Continue Reading »