For Auld Lange Syne

For the civil New Year’s Eve on December 31st, the Scots song “Auld Lange Syne” is often sung. We have just finished the 10-day High Holiday period. It began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Would it have been appropriate to sing Auld Lange Syne?

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President's Message - August 2014

Coming Together - by Steve Brummel

Why be part of a Jewish synagogue community? Does it prove its worth? These questions have been heard more frequently over the years in Jewish centers in North America and Western European where Jews have been living undisturbed lives in free societies.

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President's Message March 2014

Return of History

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, some subscribed to what can be called ‘the end of history” philosophy, that liberal democracy had won the day and would remain unchallenged. It might have been better to say that history had taken a vacation. But as recent events have shown – particularly with Russia over the Ukraine – that vacation is over.

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President's Message - May 2014

Opportunity Knocks

“No, I won’t be there.” Those were the words of my favorite aunt, Great Aunt Ruth now age 102, when I told her I might next be in New York in August. She was not saying she’d be out of town on holiday, rather, she was telling me—matter-of-factly—that she thinks she’ll be dead by then. That is quite final.

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President's Message - April 2014

Return of History

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, some subscribed to what can be called ‘the end of history” philosophy, that liberal democracy had won the day and would remain unchallenged. It might have been better to say that history had taken a vacation. But as recent events have shown – particularly with Russia over the Ukraine – that vacation is over.

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President's Message - January 20141

Chant d’Oiseau

Just across the border in Germany, in the midst of the Eifel national park, sits an odd bird of a large building complex.  Originally known as NS-Ordenburg Vogelsang, it was built by the Nazis in the late 1930s to house a military training school for future Nazi leaders.  In certain ways Vogelsang represents the Nazi movement and philosophy in brick and concrete.

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