What started out as an emergency Zoom Shabbat service in San Juan is now bringing together worshippers across the Americas By Judy Maltz. Originally published on Haaretz. On a typical Shabbat morning in these not-so-typical times, Rabbi Roberto Graetz opens his weekly Zoom prayer service at 8 A.M. That’s 8 A.M. Pacific Time, since Graetz […]
Eulogy by Rabbi Norman Patz October 9, 2020 – Tishri 21, 5781 Hoshanah Rabbah Delivered by Salatiel Corcos, President of Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico I am Salatiel Corcos, President of Temple Beth Shalom. I have come today to honor the memory of Norma Topp, who was president of Temple Beth Shalom many […]
Rabbi Norman Patz Temple Sholom of West Essex August 14, 2020 – 25 Av, 5780 The obituary for Adin Steinsaltz, published in the New York Times on Tuesday (Joseph Berger and Isabel Kirschner NYT 8.11.20) alerted us to the passing of our generation’s greatest Talmud scholar. Starting in 1965, when he was 27 years old, […]
Meditation Rabbi Norman Patz Erev Shabbat Zoom service July 3, 2020 – 12 Tammuz 5780 Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico On this Fourth of July, the 244th birthday of the United States of America, I want to share with you my concerns about our fragile democracy. Here is why I am worried. On the […]
Congregants should read this important statement from the New York Board of Rabbis sent out on Sunday, May 31st, forwarded to us by Rabbi Patz.
Remembering Lee Calem Remarks by Rabbi Norman Patz Visiting Rabbi, Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico To be presented by Rabbi Michael Holzman May 17, 2020 23 Iyar, 5780 The members of Temple Beth Shalom of Puerto Rico receive the news of Lee Calem’s death with heavy hearts. For decades, Lee and her late husband […]
Holocaust survivor Francine Christophe tells a beautiful tale of the power of kindness and generosity in this clip from Human, the Movie. In French, with subtitles in English and Spanish. More information about the film can be found on their official website: http://www.human-themovie.org/
Lucero, our homeless activist friend who is staying with us just returned from doing what I call, her nightly social work. She described an 80 year old lady whom she has known for about 4 years. She was leaning against a wall tightly holding on to her plastic bags of stuff. She told Lucero she […]