The Scroll

High Holidays 2017/5778 Community Member Speeches

Read inspiring personal stories from JCP community members which were shared during our High Holiday services.

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From Mount Sinai to the Poconos

On Shavuot, the festival of the giving of the Torah, it is customary to reenact our ancestors’ experience of Mount Sinai by reading the Ten Commandments from the Torah scroll; some people stay up late or all night, imagining that…

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The Magic Word

 What’s the magic word? Sometimes our children think that is “please.” I like to believe that the magic word, words are actually “thank you.” A week an half ago, I visited my nephew’s kindergarten class on his sixth birthday. After…

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Stopping and Unplugging

Stop! We can become so accustomed to thinking of Shabbat as our day of rest that we do not embrace the original meaning of the word: Shabbat means stop.

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Gratitude & Action

This has been a challenging few weeks for many people. The presidential campaigns, election results, and people’s reactions to them have amplified growing divides in our country, and people of good faith everywhere across the political spectrum knew weeks ago…

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