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Welcoming the unaffiliated  With so many non-members coming to shul on the High Holidays, it’s a challenge to make them feel at home and forge meaningful...read more...
Flying high with kashrutIn today’s world of frequent travel, when many of us travel for vacation purposes or for business meetings and conferences, it’s...read more...
Giving our sins a modern spinThe right hand is clenched into a fist. Words of confession are recited. The heart is lightly struck. Ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu… We have...read more...
Whither the traditional movements? Conservatism can learn from Orthodoxy’s depth of commitment, while the latter needs to recognize that it can’t ignore history –...read more...
What can we do to heal the world?On Rosh Hashanah, we are exhorted to look into our deeds, what we have done well and where we have failed. We are taught, indeed we know, that the...read more...
Returning to a new placeWe are a people who return.  For generations we prayed for our return to Israel. We returned and still pray for the ultimate return. Each time...read more...
Honouring people who change the worldTen years ago, my children Ellen and Stephen, and their spouses Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, gave me the most unbelievable gift....read more...
How my visit to Israel affected meOn Aug. 31, 2014, my perspective on life changed. That was the day I left for my first trip to Israel. I’m not sure I was prepared for how...read more...
Montreal's JPL in its first centuryOne hundred years ago, Jews gathered in Montreal to found the Yiddishe Folks Bibliotek, which thrives today as Montreal’s Jewish Public Library...read more...
A time for renewal on many levelsSummer is over. Too soon. Fall is here and school has started. Again, too soon.  I grieve for the absence of light and warmth, of vacations and...read more...

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