Supreme Equality

It's been an exhilarating week in our country with history being made by the Supreme Court. As you are well aware, yesterday the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a Clinton-era law which defined marriage as solely between a man and woman. This had the effect of denying federal benefits to thousands of ...


From “Member” to “Chaver”

Some of this post is drawn from my remarks at our annual congregational meeting, as well as a letter sent to our chaverim. What does it mean to be a part of a synagogue community? Being a part of a congregation is a unique form of association. It is being a part of a covenental ...


Calling All Tailors

While I love Judaism and being a rabbi, I will admit that there are two things that my Christian colleagues have of which I am envious. The first is the garb. Recently I had the honor and privilege to participate in the installation ceremony of a new colleague, the Rev. Elsa Peters, who took over ...


JTNews: “What We’re All About”

This past week I had occasion to write the Rabbi's Turn column in the JTNews. I chose to write about TBH as a means of marking our anniversary but also introducing us to those outside Olympia (read, Seattle) who may not know much about our Jewish community. Enjoy.  


God in Moore, God in War

This week we watch once again as a community has been visited by the destructive force of nature. The tornado which touched down on Moore, OK caused upwards of $2 billion in damages, destroyed about 1,200 homes, injured almost 400 and killed 24, several of them children. As Hurricane Sandy did for the eastern seaboard ...


Everyone Counts, or the Tragedy of the Subway Commons

Ok, another reason my faith in humanity is tested, this time coming out of Los Angeles. Apparently, the city of Los Angeles has been losing millions of dollars from its subway/light rail transit system. Ridership is robust, and for all intents and purposes, the 20 year old system is successful. What began with 4.5 miles ...


Turning to the Land

The warm weather brings us outside, and for many of us our thoughts turn to gardens and planting. It is time, once again, to till the soil.Looking at the small section of the earth that is under my care I can't help but sigh. For the decade I have lived here I have engaged in ...


Universe’s Most Famous Atheist Dies

During a period of momentous events in the last few weeks, one was understandably overlooked--the death of actor Richard LeParmentier. Who is he? He appeared in the movie Star Wars in one famous scene as the Imperial Officer in charge of the Death Star who is choked by Darth Vader using the Force. [For the sake of ...


TBH 75th Anniversary Street Fair! Vendors Wanted!

TBH is holding a street fair to celebrate our 75th anniversary on Sunday, June 2. We are looking for vendors to help make this day a great success. If interested, or know someone who is, here is the vendor application: TBH Street Fair App 4.25.13