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Jewish Resources for the Winter – A Starter Kit – Rabbi Danson Sermon 11/20/2020

Hi – Rabbi Danson asked that we post this document for you to read related to his 11/20/20 Shabbat Sermon!


Jewish Resources for the Winter

A Starter Kit



Jewish Federation

Jewish Federation of New Hampshire Programs A hodgepodge of programs. Some look delightful, others are, let’s say, curious. Worth a peak.

Virtual J An online series programs from the North American JCC’s. Out of Toronto Ontario.

Z3 Visions of a Shared Future A Hanukkah conference on the Israeli-Diaspora future, with daily programs. I believe the cost is $36. Sponsored by the Oshman JCC in Palo Alto, with many partners.

Family Programs

Jewish Life in Your Jewish Family, URJ An ongoing series of active programs from the Union for Reform Judaism for young families. A great series to share with your children or grandchildren. From the folks who invented effective Jewish education in North America. The URJ (formally know as UAHC) has set the bar for non-day school based Jewish learning for almost a hundred years. Worth checking out.


Jewish Broadcasting Service As many of you know, our own Bob Selig is a long time supporter and board member.


Podcasts from the URJ and Hebrew Union College Reform Judaism sticks its toe into the podcasting world.

Top 20 Jewish Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020 It’s a big, comprehensive list, with many excellent programs. A user alert: Podcasts often have youngish producers and hosts, so they are often edgier than NPR programing – and less stuffy.

Jewish Film Festivals

Jewish Film Festivals A site that lists online Jewish film festivals and other information on streaming Jewish films. It doesn’t have 2021 programs yet, but it’s clearly the best aggregating site out there.

Lectures, Concerts

92nd St Y NYC The programs of NYC’s 92nd St Y. A legendary venue. The programs are ticket based and the price is akin to a live but not insanely priced program.

My Jewish Learning Samuel Bronfman Foundation, William Davidson Foundation, pluralistic, well curated

Sixth & I DC Jewish Cultural Center

Jewish Books

Jewish Book Council Lists A mind numbingly comprehensive list of current Jewish books

Jewish Book Club Suggestions A great list of current, very readable Jewish books

Book Talks


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Celebrating Survival: Purim and Passover – March 8th, 2019 Sermon

Celebrating Survival: Purim and Passover
By Rabbi Boaz D. Heilman
Shabbat Pekudei, March 8, 2019

As we enter the spring months, we also set out on a journey of Jewish holidays rich with historical and spiritual meaning. Last month, in the midst of some of the coldest temperatures of the year, we celebrated the holiday of Tu Bishvat—The New Year of the Trees—a reminder that even though spring may seem a long way off, it really is on its way. One of the lessons of Tu Bishvat is that our actions and behavior have bearing on the world around us. We can make deserts bloom, or we can make forests disappear, and rivers run dry. Both are in our power. The choice is ours.

Purim and Passover carry this idea onward, but now applied not to the world at large, the world around us; but rather to us, ourselves: Us as Jews, members of one of the oldest, most luminous and vibrant civilizations still extant today, the Jewish People.

The message of our spring holidays is that we can either let ourselves fade and disappear, or we can reaffirm our identity, and go on turning into reality the visions and purposes entrusted to us more than three thousand years ago.

It’s always been up to us: To be—or disappear. Keep on reading!

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The Grammys and the High Priest – Feb 15th, 2019 Sermon

The Grammys and the High Priest

Shabbat Tetzaveh, Feb. 15, 2019

By Rabbi Boaz D. Heilman

I have an admission to make: I don’t watch the Grammys. I don’t watch the Oscars. I don’t watch any of the countless other awards show that are such a staple of America’s entertainment industry. It isn’t that I am an elitist, though some might think otherwise; it’s that I find these shows to be over-the-top, self-congratulating ads for yet more things to buy, collect and hoard. At best, they make us feel good about the choices we make, about our own taste and how that fits in with the rest of society. At worst, they are no more than publicity stunts.

It isn’t that movies, TV, music and other media aren’t an important part of our culture. They are, and always have been. Art, in all its forms, is an expression of the human soul. It provides diversion, escape and comfort; art stimulates our imagination and inspires us;  It serves to connect people across time and distance. Art often leaves us feeling wonder and awe, and at times it moves us to tears or laughter—sometimes even both at once.

As such, art deserves recognition, as do the artists who work tirelessly to create their masterpieces. Keep on reading!