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Nov15

Illumin8! Night 3

12/14/2017 04:39:27 PM

Dec14

Illumin8! Reflections The word "Hanukkah" means "dedication," which is about devoting someone or something for a particular purpose. For each of the holiday's eight nights, Rabbi Knopfand several congregants offer a reflection.We hope you'll use t Illumin8! Reflections The word "Hanukkah" means "dedication," which is about devoting someone or something for a particular purpose. For each Read more...

Illumin8! Night 2

12/13/2017 05:01:22 PM

Dec13

The latest bulletin is now online!Click here. ​​​​​​​The latest bulletin is now online! Click here. Illumin8! Reflections The word "Hanukkah" means "dedication," which is about devoting someone or something for a particular purpose. For each of the holiday's eight nights, Rabbi Knopf and several congregants offer a reflection. We hope you'll use these ideas when lighRead more...

Illuminate - First Night of Hanukkah

12/12/2017 02:57:39 PM

Dec12

Rabbi Michael Knopf

Light One Candle, Be One Person

The first night of Hanukkah. One candle is lit. Underwhelming? A mere prelude to the holiday’s subsequent nights, during which we steadily, persistently build upon that first light? Does that solitary first candle simply serve to flame our anticipation for our entire menorah to be illuminated, our homes filled with its radiance? Or is there something inherently, uniquely special about that...Read more...

On Jerusalem

12/06/2017 05:56:16 PM

Dec6

Dear friends, Earlier today, President Trump announced that the U.S. will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As the news broke today, some of you reached ou Temple Beth-El Dear friends,Earlier today, President Trump announced that the U.S. will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital anRead more...

After Sutherland Springs: Pray for Healing, Fight for Justice

11/07/2017 01:45:09 PM

Nov7

Rabbi Michael Knopf

I am heartbroken over the news of Sunday's mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 26 people, ranging from toddlers to retirees, including eight members of a single family, were murdered in cold blood.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, the First Baptist congregation, the community of Sutherland Springs, and the State of Texas. I pray for comfort, healing, and...Read more...

A Rabbi and a Minister Walk Into a Bar...

11/01/2017 07:11:01 AM

Nov1

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Special Pre-Yom Kippur Message and Sermon Preview

09/28/2017 11:40:15 AM

Sep28

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The Road We've Travelled Together

09/20/2017 02:07:46 PM

Sep20

In the waning hours of the year, I find myself reflecting on the journey I have been on with my congregation over the past year, and over the past 3 years since I came to Richmond. I usually do a kind of "state of the shul" address on the 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah, but world affairs are calling me away from that tradition this year. There are other things that are demanding to be addressed.

Nevertheless, I can't help myself from...Read more...

Special Pre-Rosh Hashanah Message and Sermon Preview

09/18/2017 01:36:03 PM

Sep18

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09/15/2017 10:14:16 AM

Sep15

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This Weekend's Rally and TBE's response

09/15/2017 10:13:27 AM

Sep15

Dear Congregants,
 
A month ago, hundreds of white supremacists marched on Charlottesville. Dozens were injured. Three were killed. Now, those same forces of darkness are threatening to descend upon our Richmond community. (Click here for more information)
 
We at Temple Beth-El have been following these developments closely, and have been involved in many community conversations (with partners across the...Read more...

Tomorrow's Total Eclipse

08/20/2017 12:14:29 PM

Aug20

Dear friends, While we won't get to see a total eclipse here in Richmond tomorrow, many of us will nevertheless be taking some time to witness the "Great American Eclipse." Some will even be travelling to places where they will be able to view the wRead more...

Love Conquers Hate: Interfaith Prayer Vigil Tomorrow (Wednesday) Evening

08/15/2017 09:41:23 PM

Aug15

Dear friends, I know many of us are still reeling from what happened in Charlottesville, and continue to be on edge about the ascendance of virulent, emboldenedwhite supremacy in our country. In moments like these, in the face of hatred, bigotry,Read more...

After Charlottesville

08/13/2017 01:16:57 PM

Aug13

Dear Friends, After enjoying a beautiful Shabbat with our Temple Beth-El family, I was devastated to learn the news about what took place yesterdayin Charlottesville, a community that is close to us both physically and emotionally. You can read somRead more...

From Rabbi Knopf: exciting news!

08/10/2017 02:03:51 PM

Aug10

Dear friends, I am writing to share some exciting news with you This fall, I will begin LeadershipMetro Richmond LMR's Leadership Quest! It you are unfamiliar withLMR, it is a prestigious and selective leadership development organization that cRead more...

Hebrew Class Deadline TONIGHT

07/17/2017 12:19:03 PM

Jul17

Dear friends, Just a friendly reminder that tonight is the deadline to sign up for Rabbi Knopf's Hebrew Class that starts next Monday, July 24! Click here for details and to sign up.Read more...

Mazel Tov to Harry Hirsch, our first volunteer Shabbat Guest Speaker

07/07/2017 02:04:51 PM

Jul7

usto join them for their First Annual Ramadan Community Potluck Dinner Iftar on Sunday, June 11thfrom745 pm to 93 Dear friends, I wanted to share with you an invitation I received from our friends in the Muslim community. They have invited usto join them for their First Annual Ramadan Community Potluck Dinner Iftar on Sunday, June 11thfrom745 pm to 93

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The Advice I Would Give New Rabbis

06/26/2017 11:31:09 AM

Jun26

  …and, for that matter, all young leaders.

31530671824_bf81825d0e_zAlong with a diverse group of rabbis, I recently completed the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a two-year fellowship program which...Read more...

6 Years as a Rabbi: What I’ve Learned

06/19/2017 12:33:13 PM

Jun19

A few weeks ago, I completed my sixth year as a rabbi. As I look ahead to the next stage of my professional life, I find myself reflecting on the wisdom I’ve gained on my journey so far. Much like I did when I finished my third year as a rabbi, I’ve taken the opportunity to write down some of things that I have learned during this time of my life. I hope you will find some of these reflections meaningful, and...Read more...

RVA Ramadan Community Potluck Iftar Dinner

06/04/2017 09:06:57 AM

Jun4

Dear friends, I wanted to share with you an invitation I received from our friends in the Muslim community. They have invited usto join them for their First Annual Ramadan Community Potluck Dinner Iftar on Sunday, June 11thfrom745 pm to 93Read more...

re: Refugee Seder

04/13/2017 02:46:20 PM

Apr13

Thank you for participating in our community Seder on Tuesday. Our special guests - refugee families living in Richmond - felt welcomed by our congregation. We learned from the refugees and Reestablish Richmond that the most pressing need is jobs. There are many educated and experienced refugees: computer techs, procurement experts, human resource experts, journalists, engineers, stonecutters, bricklayers, builders,...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation; An Evening w/Carol Rose

04/10/2017 05:02:28 PM

Apr10

30 Days of Liberation Day 29 - For all the drama and fireworks of the Exodus story, it sure seems like the Children of Israel end up right back where they started. When they migrate to Egypt, they are refugees, and when they leave Egypt, they are r30 Days of Liberation Day 29 - For all the drama and fireworks of the Exodus story, it sure seems like the Children of Israel end up right back where they started. When they migrate to Egypt, they are...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Days 27 & 28

04/09/2017 08:54:13 PM

Apr9

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdom PassThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 26

04/07/2017 05:33:40 PM

Apr7

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdom PassThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 25

04/06/2017 06:02:18 PM

Apr6

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdom PassThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 24

04/05/2017 06:02:15 PM

Apr5

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdom PassThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 23

04/04/2017 06:02:17 PM

Apr4

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I will offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdomThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 21 & 22

04/03/2017 06:02:21 PM

Apr3

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I will offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdomThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

30 Days of Liberation: Day 20

04/01/2017 09:07:39 PM

Apr1

The Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I will offer a brief messagedrawn from the wisdomThe Talmud teaches that 30 days before Passover, we should learn about theholiday and its meaning. In that spirit, I humbly offer "30 Days of Liberation." For each of the 30 days prior to Passover, I...Read more...

April/May Bulletin, 30 Days of Liberation

03/31/2017 04:25:44 PM

Mar31

The AprilMay Bulletin is now online! Click here.The AprilMay Bulletin is now online! Click here.

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