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We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.

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Useful (and fun) Links

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website

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Fun Jewish Trivia

The Porcelain Unicorn

Remember “Up the Down Staircase”?  Bel Kaufman is 100 years old!  Read about her here.

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And maybe some jokes would brighten your day?

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During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Schema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up. 

The rabbi, learned as he was in the Law and commentaries, didn’t know what to do. His congregation suggested that he consult a housebound 98 year old man who was one of the original founders of their temple. The rabbi hoped the elderly man would be able to tell him what the actual temple tradition was, so he went to the nursing home with a representative of each faction of the congregation. 

The one whose followers stood during Shema said to the old man, “Is the tradition to stand during this prayer?”The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.” The one whose followers sat said, “Then the tradition is to sit during Shema!”The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.” 

Then the rabbi said to the old man, “But the congregants fight all the time, yelling at each other about whether they should sit or stand.”The old man interrupted, exclaiming, ” THAT is the tradition! “

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When young David was asked by his father to say the evening prayer, he realized he didn’t have his head covered, so he asked his little brother Henry to rest a hand on his head until prayers were over. Henry grew impatient  after a few minutes and removed his hand. 

The father said, “This is important. Put your hand back on his head!” to which Henry exclaimed, “What, am I, my brother’s kipah?”

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Doctor Bloom, who was known for miraculous cures for arthritis, had a waiting room full of people when a little old lady, completely bent over in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane. When her turn came, she went into the doctor’s office, and, amazingly, emerged within half an hour walking completely erect with her head held high.

A woman in the waiting room who had seen all this walked up to the little old lady and said, “It’s a miracle! You walked in bent in half and now you’re walking erect. What did that doctor do?”

She answered, “Miracle, shmiracle … he gave me a longer cane.”

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