Author Archives: Jessica K. Shimberg

Marking the Sacred and the Ordinary ~ The Cyclical Nature of Jewish Time

This post was inspired by the first (5776), second (5777) and third (5778) editions of MISAVIV Hebrew Circular Calendar by deuteronomy press. You can purchase this beautiful 5778 calendar from the Little Minyan Kehillah; contact littleminyan@ littleminyan.org for more information.  The … Continue reading

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Biennial S’lichot Coffeehouse with Bill Cohen and Many Jewish Songwriters/Musicians you also know and love …

On Sunday, September 10th (the 19th of Elul), we began the last full week of the waning year of 5777. As Shabbat ends this week, we will celebrate Havdalah and bring in Leil S’lichot – a Night of Penitent Prayers that … Continue reading

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Preparing for a New Year ~ 5778 ~ with the Little Minyan Kehilla

You don’t need a ticket, an invitation, or even clarity of purpose … just an open heart and mind … join us and see. Click HERE for more information.

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Psalm 27 ~ a Bridge Between Confidence and Despair

During the Hebrew month of Elul ~ the last cycle of the moon before we enter a new year through the gates of the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) ~ Jewish practice is to do cheshbon ha’nefesh (a soul accounting). This opportunity is … Continue reading

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Wake Up. And Stay Awake.

These are the words of Hazzan Jessi Roemer, dear friend of LMKehilla’s Spiritual Leader Jessica Shimberg and are shared with the author’s express permission and blessings for a Sweet Shabbes. The photo is also that of the author who spent … Continue reading

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Shabbat Re’eh ~ What Do We See?

Last Shabbat afternoon, members of our kehilla sat in the sanctuary at JCC Camp Hoover. All around us, wherever we gazed, the bright sunlight danced across strong tree trunks as their green leaves fluttered in the gentle breeze of a “picture perfect” … Continue reading

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Balancing Zeal and Vision in a World in Need of Healing

a d’var Torah for Parashat Pinchas by Esther Azar Zeal — In this day many of us are fired up. It is easy to see the injustice. It shouts at us every time we open our Facebook feeds, it’s red face looks … Continue reading

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Celebrating the American Ideal through the Lens of Parshat Balak

In 21st Century America, many of us are acutely aware of living at the confluence of multiple identities. We have increasing opportunities to celebrate and proclaim our overlapping identities, due, in large part, to the freedom that has always lived at the … Continue reading

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See you at Sinai …

On Shavuot (beginning, this year, Tuesday evening, May 30th and continuing through Thursday), we celebrate what the rabbis called z’man matan Torateinu ~ the time our Torah was gifted. However, the roots of Shavuot in Torah relate to agriculture, not the … Continue reading

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Lag b’Omer ~ What Is It?

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Lag b’Omer … What is it? This is a question frequently asked, even by Jews, when mentioning the Jewish holiday of Lag b’Omer. To the English speaker, the first word sounds like “log” – the wood you place on a campfire. This auditory cue … Continue reading

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