Commemorate the Future?!

Categories: Acharei, Parsha

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY Tonight begins the Shabbat of Passover. These are days which commemorate the splitting of the Sea of Reeds (being approximately a week after the Jewish people were freed) as well as celebrate – strangely, in anticipation of- the future Redemption. Much is discussed about what “the Redemption” means and people tend to have… Read More

Weekly Roundup: April 26, 2024

Categories: Friendship Circle

FC Lounge and Group Friends at Home Day Our FC Lounge has had a great time hanging out this year. Groups of FC members met weekly throughout the 2023-24 year to paint, tie dye, use circuit construction kits, and play collaborative video games, including on a VR headset. Members even played board game tournaments, keeping score week after week! Last… Read More

Challenge and Opportunity

Categories: Metzora, Parsha

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha (Metzorah) continues the saga of the “leper” discussed last week. The word “Metzorah” literally means, “one with Tzaraas,” so makes sense to contain these laws—and yet we find something intriguing. The laws relating to actually having Tzaraas were found in last week’s Parsha; this week contains the laws of purification… Read More

Weekly Roundup: April 19, 2024

Categories: Newsletter

FC Talks We had a very successful FC Talks event as hundreds gathered to watch Pamela Schuller at the JCC Monday night. Schuller, a comedian, disability and mental health advocate, and Jewish woman, spoke about her experience growing up with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and interspersed funny stories with serious anecdotes and ideas for change. Teens asked… Read More

Weekly Roundup: April 12, 2024

Categories: Newsletter

Sunday Funday Last Sunday, we had a matzah bake where Tali and Pearl helped with the presentation from Rabbi Eli. Everyone went home with matzah and their favorite toppings. Members enjoyed the rooftop for nice spring weather where we played Passover games, crafted photo banners, blew bubbles and more. Shalom went home with a plague-themed puppet and Ava and Morgan… Read More

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Weekly Roundup: June 21, 2024

FOTT Cafe This week Friends on the Town had their last Cafe of the program year. Throughout the year our host committee selected their favorite restaurants to mimic their menu from. Themes included Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and our final theme of Olive Garden. This week our menu included spaghetti, vegetarian meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and mini no-bake cheesecakes! Members had… Read More

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Nasso Much

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha (Nasso) discusses the end of the census and teaches various laws. It also discusses the inauguration of the Tabernacle, detailing the offerings brought by each of the tribes. Curious that each offering was identical and yet each was described. (For more on this, please see my thought from last year!)… Read More

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Weekly Roundup: June 14, 2024

FOTT Trip Friends on the Town had a blast at their last Trip of the year. This month we took to the FC Rooftop for a BBQ! Friends got to eat hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, watermelon, and Italian ice. We also got to play plenty of lawn games like table top checkers, Connect 4, and cornhole. We also made keychains and… Read More

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