Category Archives: Life Cycle Events

Being Traditional

I sometimes wonder if people really know what “tradition” means. They tell me they want a “traditional” Jewish wedding, or they say in their family’s Jewish life they “keep the traditions” – but they almost never mean they follow kosher … Continue reading

Posted in Kol Hadash Shofar, Weddings | 1 Comment

“It’s All For the Best” – Nizkor 2017

What do we say if we know, deep in our hearts, that this death was not “all for the best”? Continue reading

Posted in Funerals, High Holidays | 1 Comment

Darkness and Light – A Eulogy

This eulogy was delivered January 1, 2017 for a friend and colleague, David J. Steiner, who died tragically at age 51 in a bus accident in Uganda in late December 2016. You can read some of his writings or an … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals | 1 Comment

And You – Yom Kippur Memorial 5777

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2016/5777 as part of a series entitled “This We Believe.” You can hear audio of the sermon through the Kol Hadash Podcast. No one ever said … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals, Holidays, Humanistic Judaism journal | 1 Comment

Who Needs Rabbis?

It’s a DIY (do it yourself) era, even in Jewish life. Continue reading

Posted in Kol Hadash Shofar, Weddings | 1 Comment

Let Go – Yom Kippur Memorial 5776

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2015/5776 as part of a series entitled “The Simplest Things.” You can hear audio of the sermon through the Kol Hadash Podcast. Last November, a … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals, Holidays | 1 Comment

Weddings!

If you have found this page while looking for a wedding officiant, congratulations on your engagement! I would be honored and happy to be a part of your wedding celebration. There are many ways you might have found me for … Continue reading

Posted in Life Cycle Events, Weddings | Leave a comment