The Fab Five

leftsgpanelTiming is everything.

Awareness is all.

Clarity is essence.

Authenticity is true living.

Understanding is earned.


With all of the obfuscations and fuzziness evident in everyday life, I find these 5 simple declarations to be, you'll forgive me for mixing religious metaphors, the Holy Grail of Happiness. Not a smile-a-day type of happy, not a "nice feeling" sort of joy, but rather that which deepens us, as experience and age are meant to do.

Recognizing truth in these five statements ought to be at the foundation of renewing our yearly promise to ourselves and to our community. Timing requires preparation—to be ready at a moment of growth when opportunity presents itself. Awareness is the necessary building block to recognizing what is true and worthy of our love and attention. Clarity makes possible inner vision, our ability to see what path we ought to be taking and which ones we should not. Authenticity is making our truest selves our North Star. And with all these guides, understanding enters our world, earned by our dedication to the others.

This year on our High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana (September 13-14) and Yom Kippur (September 22-23), I will use these 5 areas as jumping off points for my Divrei Torah, my Torah talks and interpretations. Our team of musicians and artists will fashion our music and readings to underscore this search. And, together, you and me and all of us, will enter a period of renewal, redirection, and celebration of what it means to be a Jew and a member of the Human Family.

If you have been touched by our services in the past, consider spreading the word this year. Others are searching for meaning. We look forward to your joining us at Bayit Shelanu, a community synagogue who's name means Our House, for days of passion and purpose.

Make it a fabulous summer,


Online Reservations will open on July 20th.

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:30PM

Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 14, 2015 10AM

Kol Nidre - Tuesday, September 22, 2015  7:30PM

Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 23, 2015  10AM
           Discussion with the Rabbi  4PM
           Neilah   5:30PM