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Ve-ulai: An Evening of Great Israel songs

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. On Yom HaAtzma’ut, in celebration of 73 years of Israel’s independence, join Rabbi Adelson for an online Leil Shirah, an Israeli-style sing-along of wonderful Hebrew songs from across the decades. Lyrics will be provided; bring your own glass of Israeli wine. Click HERE for the Yom HaAtzma'ut songbook […]

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Derekh Hebrew for Beginners

Learn how to pronounce and read basic Hebrew. In this 10 week class, we'll get a handle on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, how to say them and read them, and become more fluent with the reading of some of our sacred texts like Torah and the siddur. 10 WEEK CLASS SCHEDULE April 11 […]

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I've Always Wondered
Why Do We Sing “Ozzi Vezimrat Yah”? Kamatz Katan, Part II. Originally Published March 26-27, 2021.

A couple weeks ago we looked at the kamatz katan.  And the question comes back why would we use that vowel instead of the standard “o” vowels (pronounced as in “toe”).  To review, this is a Hebrew vowel, the one which looks like a tiny “T” either with a very long stem or with a […]

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Passover Sing-A-Long Storytime

Thursday, April 1 at 10 a.m. In Singalong Storytime, families will experience Pesach through stories and songs designed to engage infants and young children, through age 9. This will be facilitated by Beth Jacobs and Erica Fox Zabulsky. Meeting ID: 822 4937 4112Passcode: 478152

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I've Always Wondered
Why do we sing “OH-zee vezimrat ya”? What is that vowel, anyway? Originally Published March 12-13, 2021.

This is a revisiting of a previous column, inasmuch as someone asked the question again a few weeks ago.  The issue at hand is a Hebrew vowel, the one which looks like a tiny “T” and is pronounced by many Conservative Jews as “ah” (in the International Phonetic Alphabet it is similar to ä) and […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Is “Selah”? Originally Published March 5-6, 2021.

Selah (סֶלָה, or סֶּלָה if it falls after a naked vowel) is a word of much mystery.  We say the word “selah” often enough during the day to want to understand its meaning. For instance, in the Kedushat Hashem section of the Amidah (otherwise known as the bottom of the first page) we say to […]

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