CJC Blog

High Holy Days 2020

Dear Chevri/Friends, We made it!  We experienced Elul, Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah during a pandemic.  Although I am sure you found it to be weird, hopefully you also found some of it to be meaningful, enlightening and maybe even sacred.  Alan and Eileen have said so many times, it takes Continue Reading »

A New Beginning…

by CJCS President, Dan Shernicoff It’s time. A new beginning. A new school year is starting. A school year that doesn’t look like any before. Not for our students in the public school system. Not for our students in private schools. And not for our students here at CJCS. At CJCS we’ve learned from the Continue Reading »

Rosh Chodesh Elul

by Rabbi Sonya Starr Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish Year.  Elul is the month the rabbis set aside for us to prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days.   Some might say it is our month to stretch our spiritual muscles, and do Continue Reading »

Working With Fear

by Judy Vogel David Glaser and I have been exploring various approaches to keeping our spirits healthy and positive during these months of Covid 19. Particularly powerful has been our daily reading of Rabbi Shefa Gold’s sermon on dealing with fear. Each morning when we awaken and before getting out of bed, we snuggle down Continue Reading »

Thoughts from our New Co-President

by Eileen Singleton, CJC Co-President About a year ago, when I signed up to work on the blog for June 2020, I thought the timing would be good since I would have just become the co-president, and I could write about my thoughts on that. But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about all of Continue Reading »

Human Rights with Rabbi Sonya Starr

Rabbi Starr participated in a Podcast before Shavuout. Because it was recorded earlier, there is no mention of the current political unrest. Click here to listen to the Podcast. Arlene J.M. Grant, Esq,, the host of GOD & Matter interviewed Rabbi Sonya Starr regarding Human Rights. Rabbi Starr is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Continue Reading »

Standing Up for Racial Justice and Against Racial Violence

by Rabbi Sonya Starr Forgive me for not responding to the horrific circumstances in the last week sooner. There have been so many Jewish and non-Jewish people and organizations (including the Reconstructionist community) sending out powerful communications about how horrified, saddened, and frightened we are. I did not want to add to the noise. The Continue Reading »

CJC in the Beginning

by Pearl Laufer Long before the coronavirus hit us, I had signed up to write a blog – to be ready in May ‘20 – on the very earliest days of CJC, starting at the very beginning in late 1969. I began by making a list of people I wanted to interview, people who were Continue Reading »

Countdown to Passover (4)

As I typed weeks ago, the rabbis encouraged us to spend the month between Purim and Passover preparing for Passover. I don’t need to tell you how much life has changed in this one month. In my weekly blogs regarding Passover preparations I have focused on the how. How do we set the table? How Continue Reading »

Countdown to Passover (3)

As we move closer and closer to Passover, it is getting harder and harder for me to really plan for this important holiday. I have never wanted Passover to go away before. I love Passover. Since I can remember celebrating this holy day as a child, I would look forward to it. As an adult, Continue Reading »