April 1, 2021 For immediate release Temple Beth Shalom, Reform Jewish Congregation of Puerto Rico, registers its firm support of Puerto Rico Senate Bill 184 which would make illegal the practice of so-called “conversion therapies.” Our position reflects: 1) the fact that our tradition holds that each human is made “b’tzelem Elohim”, in the divine […]
Tu B’Shevat is our next festival! Our Temple Beth Shalom Tu B’shevat seder will be on Wednesday evening, January 27th (Erev Tu B’Shevat) via Zoom. Watch for the announcement and the link. Read on! Introducing Tu B’Shevat Tu B’Shevat is the festival that welcomes the beginning of springtime in Israel. The rainy season has […]
I just can’t let go of Hanukkah yet. Our TBS daily candle lightings, with shared greetings, smiling faces and wonderful memories described each night, were truly extraordinary. They fulfilled the Hanukkah message: Banish darkness, spread the light. All despite COVID and the technological limitations of Zoom. My unwillingness to let Hanukkah go was reinforced yesterday […]
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Text and display by Naomi Patz – Hanukkah 5781 Another name for Hanukkah is JAG URIM, the festival of lights. In the darkest season of the year, virtually every religious tradition includes symbols and ceremonies to offset fears and counter the unnerving absence of light. Obviously, this has been a much less significant feature of […]
Cómo COVID-19 empujó a una pequeña congregación judía en Puerto Rico mucho más allá de sus fronteras.
Por Judy Maltz Traducido por Marc Schnitzer de un artículo publicado en la edición inglesa de Haaretz. Publicado a las 13:48 En una típica mañana de Shabat en estos tiempos no tan típicos, el rabino Roberto Graetz abre su servicio semanal de oración por Zoom a las 8 a.m. Son las 8 a.m. Hora del […]
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 […]