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Moving Past Hand Shaking

By Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein Creating Sacred Boundaries at the Tim of the Coronavirus We Jews love to shake hands.  At Congregation Shir Shalom, we shake hands before services, we shake hands after services, and shake hands during services.   One of my favorite Friday...

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Come as we really are

By Rabbi Jonathan Freirich Purim is almost here! Costumes, celebrations, and caring – the three “C’s” of Purim – dressing up, gathering for joyous festivities, and sending gifts of sustenance to friends and those in need. This is a great Jewish celebration. And, on...

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Thinking Big

By Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein Why We Should Aspire to do the Things Seemingly Beyond our Reach Over the past month, I have witnessed the set of our Purim spiel come to life. Based on the hit musical and movie “Mamma Mia”, our “Megillah Mia” spiel takes place in the...

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Summer camp is around the corner and the Buffalo Jewish Federation is thrilled to offer first-time camper incentive grants for both day and overnight camp!   To get in the spirit, we'll be featuring some campers and staff members from Jewish camps.   First up... Lyssa...

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Louis Rogers z”l

Louis Rogers passed away on January 23, 2020 at the age of 96.  His son, Ken, shared a few words with us to highlight his extraordinary life.  You can watch Louis' Survivor testimony from the Holocaust Resource Center HERE. Louis, at the age of 15, was a refugee from...

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Izzy Starr

This month, the Community Spotlights will introduce you to individuals who are exploring the idea that “no one is more welcome here than you” – a project of the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning (CJEL).  Izzy Starr (pronouns: they/them/theirs) always wanted to...

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Candied Salmon Cream Cheese

The BFF your bagel never knew it needed!   It’s a decadent, modern take on traditional flavors and would make a great addition to any brunch table.   Click below for the recipe from The Nosher!

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Leek and Feta Hamantaschen

Our last hamantaschen recipe before Purim!   Purim is a joyous holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre in ancient Persia. This year, Purim begins the evening of Monday, March 9.   This savory treat is the perfect appetizer or side...

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Wild Hamantaschen

Delicious and outrageous Purim treats for your celebration!   Knish-meets-hamantaschen Holy ma'amoul hamantaschen Shakshuka hamantaschen Cinnabon hamantaschen Eclair hamantaschen   Is your mouth watering yet???!! Click below for the recipes from My Jewish Learning.

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