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Closing the Book on 2020

By Susan Goldberg Schwartz I have 20/20 vision, only needing reading glasses since my 40’s.  While this diagnosis tells me that I can see clearly up close and from a distance, it is through reflection and introspection that I see the most clearly.  Reflecting on the...

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The December Dilemma

By Kirstie Henry “Two Holidays Shine Brighter than One.” That is the message on a holiday card I received from a colleague a couple of years ago. For families of different faiths, navigating the holidays this time of year is called the “December Dilemma.”  It can be a...

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Joseph’s Story/Our Collective Narrative

By Cheryl Stein Joseph’s story is one of falling from grace, and then rising back up stronger than before. In Parsha (Torah portion) Vayeshev, Joseph hits rock bottom. Once the favored, spoiled child of his father, Joseph is cast out from his position by his jealous...

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CSS Clergy Team

Bruce Corris, President of Congregation Shir Shalom, recently shared the news that Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein and Cantor Arlene Frank have both signed new long-term contracts through 2026.  We are delighted to cast this week’s spotlight on these two outstanding Jewish...

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Howard Wolf

We are pleased to cast a spotlight this week on Howard R. Wolf, Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow in the Department of English at University at Buffalo. Born in 1936, Howard attended the Horace Mann School in New York City before attending Amherst College where he...

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Logan Woodard

We are excited to cast this week’s spotlight on University at Buffalo alum, Logan Woodard, the Director of Engagement at Hillel of Buffalo. Born and raised in Syracuse, it was there that Logan first realized his passion for Jewish Life, Israel, and of course, SU...

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Spiced Apple Cider & Gin Cocktail

By Leah Kramer Happy New Year!  As you read this, the year of 2020 will be behind you. While 2021 will no doubt have challenges of its own, the end of 2020 solidifies that even when it feels endless, time does indeed go on. In honor of making it to a new year, we all...

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Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

By Leah Kramer Shabbat Shalom and Merry Christmas to those that celebrate!  This is a combo that doesn't happen very often, so we are presenting a recipe that is also a once-a-season combination. In honor of the Jewish Christmas tradition of loading up on Chinese...

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Hearty Cabbage and Meat Soup

By Leah Kramer With snow in the forecast and summer 2021 a seemingly distant memory, it is time to indulge in some cozy recipes to make these winter months full of warmth and flavor. This Hearty Cabbage and Meat Soup is the perfect place to start. With kitchen staple...

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