The DJC at Eighteen

(excerpted from Rabbi Miriam’s Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon) So here we are at the DJC, celebrating our 18th year. At 18 years of age we have a tremendous amount to celebrate. There is so much to be proud of and so much to thank each other for. So many of you have served on the …

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5775 Rosh Hashana Day Sermon – CHOOSING LIFE! THREE PATHS TO ALIVENESS

I want to run a brief multiple choice survey with you all. Just note in your mind what you choose of the options presented. Ready? Do you choose white, rye, whole wheat, or challah? Next, of the best quality organic fair trade coffee, do you choose a single shot, a double shot, steamed milk, frothed …

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L’shanah Tovah & L’chayim!

It was wonderful welcoming in 5775 with all of you at Rosh Hashanah services. As you’ve heard, this is the DJC’s chai (18th) year.  And it’s going to be a year full of exciting opportunities to learn, sing, pray, celebrate, and take action together – not to mention the reading, watching, dancing, discussing, marching, and eating!  …

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel & Gaza / Report on Our Community Conversation & Where We Go from Here

Have you heard of the term Third Space? Ray Oldenberg coined the term to refer to a space that is neither home nor workplace – a Third Space for community building, civic engagement, and creative interaction. In the context of painful and polarizing conflict, when much of the public discourse is framed in black and …

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Torahpalloozah!

This past month has been nothing short of Torahpalloozah! I can’t think of a better word to describe the range of ways that Torah has taken a central role in exciting and engaging Jewish life in this fair city of ours in the past few weeks. Many Jews who haven’t engaged with Torah as adults, …

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To the Road Ahead

On a recent Sunday evening, on one of the first beautiful spring days, about 25 members of DJC committees pulled themselves away from their families, gardens, and events around the city to learn, discuss, and plan together. The room (and backyard) were filled with ideas and enthusiasm for improving programming, communication, and welcoming of new …

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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Over the last few months, we’ve held a number of Fireside Chats – small group meetings of five to eight members where all we do is get to know each other. We share our DJC stories – how we came to the DJC, what we’re looking for from the DJC – and share ideas on …

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