CJC Blog


by Rabbi Sonya Starr Dear Chevri/Friends, It might not surprise you that I have spent a lot of time in the last year thinking about how to say goodbye.  At first, those ruminations were abstract and seemed far away.  It has been a very long goodbye.  But now, June 30th is right around the corner.  Continue Reading »

A Shekel Saved is a Shekel Earned

by Gary Toller, Treasurer This month’s blog deals with CJC finances. Like any organization, CJC relies on commitment from its congregants to enable the full-service support that characterizes our congregation. The dedicated clergy and other employees, the volunteers who serve on the Board, and the many other volunteers that have kept CJC humming along for Continue Reading »

The Workings of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

by Rabbi Sonya Starr Throughout my tenure at CJC, I have learned so much.  One of the important aspects of my stay here I never expected to learn was the difference between interfaith dialogue and interfaith interactions.  Like most progressive rabbis, I have participated in interfaith programs throughout my whole career.  Some of them deepened Continue Reading »

Thought for Food

by David Greenberg If asked what type of Jew I am, I would probably say that the best description is a Gastronomic Jew. When I agreed to write this blog post I assumed we would just have come out of the Jewish holiday season of family meals for Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur break fast, and Continue Reading »


by Rabbi Sonya Starr One of the advantages of the pandemic is that it has heightened my awareness of what I love about prayer and communal prayer. I love hearing people in the room! Before the pandemic I would have thought it enhanced the service to listen to a beautiful voice or a wise sage. Continue Reading »

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 »