“Thank You” to the Countries of Refuge

“Thank You” to the Countries of Refuge

The relationship between Polish people and Jewish people have been tense at times. For example, there was a strong disagreement in recent years between the governments of Israel and the Poland regarding memorialization of the Holocaust. It is time to put aside the...
Whoopi Goldberg and the Need for Holocaust Education

Whoopi Goldberg and the Need for Holocaust Education

Whoopi Goldberg’s serious misstatements about race and the Nazi Holocaust, and her resulting two-week suspension from “The View,” brought to mind two incidents from years’ past. There was a serious incident of antisemitic bullying at a local middle school in...
People of Good Faith: Fred Guttman

People of Good Faith: Fred Guttman

Fred Guttman is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he served as rabbi from 1995 to 2021. 1. What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life? “Hear Israel,...
Remembering Vital to Protect Democracy, Freedom

Remembering Vital to Protect Democracy, Freedom

Some incredible people and events were on my mind on the one-year anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021. I started by remembering my father who was in the Pacific with the Navy in World War II. My wife’s dad was in the Atlantic in the Navy during World War II as part of an...
A Note to Clergy on Worries, Anxieties and Hurts

A Note to Clergy on Worries, Anxieties and Hurts

I have such a list of worries at this time! Race relations, the climate, abortion rights, Iranian nukes and Israel’s security. I am worried about Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and these worries are very real to me as I have so much family in Israel. I am...