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How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

A few years ago I read that only 8 percent of the people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in achieving their goals (which confirmed my intuitive estimate based on my friends and me). As a result, I resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions, but of course, I failed at that one, too! 

A Blessing of Gratitude

14 years after the original groundbreaking of Temple Beth Am, many of us gathered outside on a beautiful Sunday for a new groundbreaking. As I was standing between the beam (that we later signed) and the congregation, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude. I had prepared a different message for the occasion, but the next day I sat to write a blessing that expresses those feelings:

Sitting Shiva in Israel: A Letter from Gali

Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of you who have reached out to me after the deaths of my father and my grandmother last month. Your kind words, cards, donations, meals and gestures warmed my heart.

How Are These High Holy Days Different

How are these High Holy Days Different from other High Holy Days?

Adult Learning with Rabbi Alon

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah are behind us and I’m excited to begin my Adult Ed classes. This year I’m inviting you to join me in three classes: