Our Very Imperfect Union

Our Very Imperfect Union

I pray that we will not fall back into complacency and that we will all feel called to work together to perfect our very imperfect Union.  

Healing Our Fractures: An Election Message From Our CEO

Healing Our Fractures: An Election Message From Our CEO

The act of service isn’t just a noun that we receive; it is also a verb—an action that we are called to do.

A Sukkot message from our CEO.

A Sukkot message from our CEO.

What Yom Kippur is to the spirit, Sukkot is to the body.

A Rosh Hashanah message from our CEO.

A Rosh Hashanah message from our CEO.

During this period, our tradition teaches, we must reach out to “clean up” our relationships and seek reconciliation.

A Heart of Many Rooms.

A Heart of Many Rooms.

The Talmud—the 1,500-year-old proverbial scrapbook of Jewish legend, law and rabbinic debate—has something profound to teach us today.

The Price of Freedom.

The Price of Freedom.

As much as we may want to believe it has been achieved, it is clear our freedom is still a work in progress and isn’t evenly distributed among all citizens. 

Weathering the ‘New Normal’ Together

Weathering the ‘New Normal’ Together

An update on COVID-19 from our CEO, Rabbi Will Berkovitz (March 18, 2020).

How JFS is Responding to COVID-19

How JFS is Responding to COVID-19

A COVID-19 update from our CEO, Rabbi Will Berkovitz (March 6, 2020).

The Power of Dreams

The Power of Dreams

The following are remarks by JFS CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz given at Temple Beth Am’s Freedom Shabbat on January 10, 2020. While living in Israel, I had a scribe write for me on a piece of parchment my favorite verse in the Torah, “behold this dreamer cometh.” This is the verse I turn to when…

A Message on New Jersey

A Message on New Jersey

A message to the community from JFS CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz on the events in Jersey City, New Jersey, on December 10, 2019: I received an email last night from a non-Jewish friend asking how we were doing after the shooting at the kosher market in New Jersey. I replied I didn’t want to jump…

Today We Honor and Stand With Poway

Today We Honor and Stand With Poway

Following are remarks by JFS CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz given at a vigil at Chabad Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest to stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community of Poway,California after the tragic events of April 27, 2019. At the closing of Passover, on Shabbat, the day of rest, once again our joy was shattered. Once again we…

A Message on Poway

A Message on Poway

A message to the community from JFS President Marty Nelson and CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz on the events in Poway, California, on April 27, 2019: Yesterday as we celebrated Shabbat, the final day of Passover and the start of our liberation from the narrow places of Egypt, our joy was once again shattered by a…

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