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


The Response to Fear is to Interfere

Last weekend in Olympia was an interfaith vigil on gun violence. I was asked to give the closing words, here is what I shared: We are reminded, especially after this week, that we are living in a time of fear. We live in fear of violence that the accessibility of guns can bring, And we ...


After Death, After Boston

This week's Torah portion in our weekly cycle is Acharei Mot, which means "after death." The death referred to is that of the sons of Aaron, priests like their father and nephews to Moses, who make a mistake in the sacrificial offerings and are incinerated by God in the process. The text describes Aaron silent ...