Monthly Archives: June 2012

My father chose…

My father chose my name, and that cemented my connection to Judaism. He named me after his mother, Pruva, who died in the Holocaust. Pruve Weiss Adler, my father’s mother, who died in Auschwitz. The “American” version of my name … Continue reading

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My speech Sunday at Congregation Etz Chayim

I became president of my synagogue Sunday. The votes were counted (very appropriate since California’s primary was the previous Tuesday), I made a speech, and the virtual gavel was passed. Here is what I said to the congregation Sunday. Dear … Continue reading

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Hey, JJ! Give the Miamians a break!

I just wrote a letter  to JJ Goldberg, who published this editorial in the Forward.

 
The background is, Temple Israel in Miami, FL, where my dear friend Alan married the Jewish boy of his dreams and agreed to have their local representative, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, speak, but cancelled her appearance at that the last minute because
1) one of their old crotchety donors threatened to leave the congregation if they didn’t give him a rebuttal, and
2) Republicans for Romney threatened to demonstrate and Temple Israel,  would have had to hire and coordinate police to manage the melee.
  
I know synagogue politics, and they can be hairy. So I don’t know why JJ pinned the fate of American liberalism on this poor congregation, instead of showing a little mercy.
 
Dear JJ,
 
So a popular congresswoman’s talk was cancelled at Temple Israel?  And you blame the Jews? Why not blame the economy?  That’s the real culprit.
I know people at Temple Israel, and I know synagogue politics, and I think that when Wasserman Shultz blames internal politics, you can believe it.
 
Republicans  threatened to bring an Astroturf demonstration which would have needed a police presence, and the Temple leadership, did not want to deal with it.  Temple Israel is not a large university like Notre Dame or  Georgetown.  Calling Temple Israel cowardly when they are progressive and wonderful and reach out to the entire country is just wrong. They have declined in numbers so much they treasure each member. Even the Republican ones.
 
Many Jews have aligned themselves with Republicans for the sake of Israel. And  Republicans, who  know how to press their advantage, are trying to bring their politics into synagogues the way they brought them into the evangelical movement. There is going to be some back and forth in this struggle.  Temple Israel has hosted plenty of liberal speakers in the past, and they will again.  But for one holiday weekend, they took the easy way out and passed on the controversy.
 
Would you have hired the police for them? Would the Democratic Party?
 
There are feelings here, and budgets to be balanced. 
 Shame on you for making an example of Temple Israel.

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Chassidot and Chutzpah

Chassidot and Chutzpah Anat Hoffman, head of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), addressed Congregation Beth Am in February of this year.  Hearing her talk gave me a good perspective on a recent  statement written by Chaya, an anonymous  Chabad woman, … Continue reading

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Raspberries and Flowers!

My husband works out with Rhona Mahony, who is dedicated to helping the honeybee population in our area.  She works out with my husband Leonard.  She asked and I agreed to host a beehive in our garden in January. But … Continue reading

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My take on the IRAC victory

Chassidot and Chutzpah Anat Hoffman, head of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), addressed Congregation Beth Am in February of this year. Hearing her talk gave me a good perspective on a recent blog post written by Chaya, an anonymous … Continue reading

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