It is Girl!
news from Rabbi Levy and her husband Dave:
At 2:51 this afternoon (Thursday September 15)
Rabbi Levy gave birth to a daughter! Her name is
Ezri Jessie Levy-DeAngelo.
Mother and baby are doing well
Friday, September 23 2016
From Rabbi Peter Stein
Even though we are in the final weeks of preparation for the High Holy Days, this week's Torah portion (Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) contains a verse that is most familiar from our celebration of Passover. Earlier in the portion, the instruction is given to make a recitation that proclaims, "My father was a wandering Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers but there he came a great and very populous nation..."
Our identity as wanderers has become central to who we are. The return from Egypt to Israel happened more than three thousand years ago, and the exile after the destruction of the Second Temple occurred nearly two thousand years ago. We have been dispersed around the globe for all of that time.
For us, the Diaspora has meant that we have grown a distinctive and beautiful American Jewish identity. The United States has been an extraordinary home for the Jewish people - even with times of discrimination, there has been unparalleled opportunity and equality for the Jews in this country.
As we get closer and closer to Election Day, I believe that our Jewish identity and Jewish values have an important role to play. The decisions we make about the votes we cast can be guided in part by Jewish ethics and morals. Almost as importantly, the way we conduct ourselves during discussion of the issues and choices should be guided by the Jewish teachings about honor and respect.
I take great pride in our Jewish American history, and the role we can play in shaping the American future. I celebrate the diversity of our congregation, and look forward to vigorous, respectful, and thoughtful interactions in the coming weeks, as we prepare to enter the next chapter in American life.