Rabbi’s message – April 7

7 April 2017 – Pesach 5777 Dear Chaverim, Each week, this electronic letter brings you words of Torah and topical issues. The ideas are shaped by a dialogue that we have via email, text messages, phone calls, and the occasional face-to-face meeting over laptops and coffee. Each year, at the Seder, the recitation of the…

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Rabbi’s message – March 31

Dear Chaverim, Last night RED Talks (aka Real Estate Development Talks) took place in Vancouver. This TED-style presentation brought experts, industry players, community organizers, government, and academics to discuss solutions to everyone in Vancouver’s favourite problem: housing prices. Members of the Jewish community got a preview of the Affordability Summit discussions sponsored by the Jewish…

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Rabbi’s Message – Friday, March 17

Security is in a sad state of affairs these days. I do not mean border security or airport security. I am referring to one’s personal sense of financial security. Each of us needs the security of being able to count on a steady income. In a just society, we have social assistance for those who…

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Rabbi’s Message – Feb. 24

Lately, the following terms are being used frequently to describe our society and where it is headed: wage gaps, wealth gaps, echo chambers, the other side of the tracks, living in a bubble. All of these things are factors of social trust, i.e., the measure of how much we trust strangers. Levels of social trust…

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Rabbi’s Message – Feb. 17

This week, I want to challenge our thinking patterns. To do so, I have to discuss the two things that one is supposed to avoid in polite company: religion and politics. However, I prefer to think of this in terms of Jewish continuity, and international diplomacy. At a joint press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister…

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Rabbi’s message – Feb.3

Dear Chaverim, I think that Sunday might bring us the least-watched Super Bowl in a decade. The reason is that the greatest spectator sport around is no longer football; it is politics. Football is downright mundane compared to protests in Berkeley, bickering world leaders, and @realDonaldTrump. Look carefully, and you will see that the news…

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Schara Tzedeck Seeks Executive Director

The Executive Director will be responsible for providing oversight of the day-to-day operations of the synagogue to ensure long term stability and that the diverse needs of all our members are met. The key components of the ED’s mandate are: Operations Management (Finances, Property, Facilities, Technology), Member Services, Fundraising, Staff Management, and Strategic Planning. The…

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Rabbi’s Message – January 27

Dear Chaverim, The surest topic of conversation in Vancouver is home prices. It shocks us that a four bedroom house within a kilometer of Oak Street costs $3,000,000, while software engineers make less than $100,000 per year. That we are surprised at all suggests that such inequalities or imbalances are new to us. Perhaps this…

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Rabbi’s Message – Jan. 20

Today’s US Presidential inauguration will usher in a president who has made much of the promise of restoring jobs. These are jobs that many Americans believe have been lost to the cheap wages and unfair trade policies of China or Mexico. However, the real enemy of American jobs might be factors other than wages and…

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Rabbi’s Mesage – Jan.13

Dear Chaverim, We are all starved for time. Many of us are starved for cash. Sometimes it feels like there is no hope in sight. There is only an endless treadmill of responsibilities and bills. This is why I cannot resist sharing the observations of Michael Norton ,Cassie Mogilner and Zoe Chance of the Harvard,…

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