Saturday, June 18, 2016

TBE Archives: Photo Albums, Audio and Video Links, Writings















2014 Hanukkah and Homeless Shelter



2013 Treetops, Solar Panels, BBQ and Barechu

2013 Cantors Concert Honoring Eileen Rosner


2013 K'tanim and Hebrew School Moving Up Ceremonies


2013 7th Grade Wedding


2013 Passover, Religious School and Interfaith Seder


2013 Purim


2013 Winter@TBE, including Hebrew School Tu B"Shevat Seder, Shorashim, Homeless Shelters and Roof 


2013 Temple Rock


2012 7th Grade Aliyah Service


2012 3rd and 4th Grade Candlestick Project


2012 Israel Adventure


2012 Religious School Passover


2012 Interfaith Seder


2012 Ellis Island Trip


2012 7th Grade Wedding


2012 Hanukkah


2012 Cantor's Concert


2012 Purim


2011 Sukkot at TBE! (Sukkah Decorating and Hop, Relig. School Mock Brit Milah and Opening of Bingo)


2011 7th Grade Class Wedding


2011 November 13, 7th Graders Plant in Mitzvah Garden


2011 9/11 A Community Gathering for Healing and Hope


2011 Cantor's and 90th Anniversary Concert


2011 Passover


2011 Purim


2011 Temple Rock Cafe


2011 World Wide Wrap


2001-2011 Assorted Photos


2008-2011 USY Kadima 


2010 Hoffman Lecture (Dershowitz - Ben Ami)


2010 Israel Adventure


2010 Israel Adventure #2


2010 Israel Adventure #3


2010 March of the Living #1


2010 March of the Living #2


2010 March of the Living #3


2010 March of the Living #4


2010 Purim 


2009 Hanukkah


2009 Kulanu Graduation


2009 7th Grade Mock Wedding


2009 Temple Rock


2009 Purim


2008 World Wide Wrap


2008 Purim


2008 7th Grade Mock Wedding and Graduation


2007 Purim 


2006 Hanukkah


2006 World Wide Wrap


2004 Purim


2003 Shabbaton


2003,2004, 2005 Israel Experiences and Community Solidarity Trip


2003-2004 Purim, Dinner Dance, Sukkah


2002,2003, 2004 Hanukkah Concerts


2002 Purim


2002 Shabbaton


2002 TBE Dinner Dance


2001 TBE Dinner Dance


2001 Shabbaton

1990-2001 Assorted Photos



VIDEO LINKS


Vintage TBE Videos - Rabbi Hammerman Installation Sept. 11, 1992, Rabin Memorial, 

Nov. 5, 1995,  and Mel Allen Funeral, June 1996



2016 Nava Tehila Service at TBE

2016 TBE End of Year Slide Show

2016 HEBREW SCHOOL Promotional Video


2015 Yom Hashoah Seder


2014 Hoffman Lecture Ari Shavit


2014 YOM KIPPUR Cantor Magda Fishman "Anytime" at TBE Stamford


2014 TBE Lights Candles at Government Center

2014 David Harris AJC address


2013 Temple Beth El Goes Solar


2013 Hoffman Lecture Jeffrey Goldberg


2013 Purim


2011 Hoffman Lecture Robert Satloff


2011 Benefit Concert for Haiti


2010 Purim


2010 New England March of the Living Group Dancing at Tempel Synagogue in Kracow


2011 Hoffman Lecture Ben Ami and Dershowitz


2009 Temple Rock Hammerman Tribute

WRITINGSTimes of Israel Articles    Jewish Week Articles    Shabbat-O-GramsTBE Bar/Bat Mitzvah Commentary       Rabbi's Blog  Bulletin ArchivesCantor's Concert Tribute Journals and Temple Rock Auction CataloguesAUDIO LINKS
Anat Hoffman speaks on "What we talk about when we aren't discussing Israel's security.

In a society devoid of trust, how to rebuild in our personal and public lives and how the Jewish people need to regain a basic trust in the universe following the Holocaust.

"Back to the Future"  Taking the long view in Jewish life

The Amalek Within

"Hugging Hitler"

sermon on happiness, Mah hasdenu

What is our life?  Judaism is the sum of our stories

Where Are We (Ayeka)?

Sermon: "What Are We?"

Confronting regret - and embracing it


We must never despair.  For we are the instruments of God’s kindness and love, even when God appears silent. It is ours to share, to accept, to include, and to be vigilant in the pursuit of peace with our neighbors. To believe, despite it all.   To be kind, despite it all. To be Jewish and gentle, to BE Judaism’s better story

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 sermon, 5774, by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman: "The Silence and the Lamb."

Sermon by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman for Rosh Hashanah 5774 Day 1"The New Normal" - on Sandy and Sustainability

Sermon given as high school senior, for Kehillath Israel Junior Congregation at its annual service in the main sanctuary.  Brookline, Mass.

There are many ways to be Jewish - but no shortcuts - and one Jewish people
Topics: pluralism, Jews of Barbados, conversos, Matisyahu, Akeda

Fighting despair on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012

Concert in mid 1960s featuring Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Cantor Michal Hammerman, cantor Alex Zimmer and others, taking place in Brookline Mass. at Congregation Kehillath israel
Topics: Shlomo Carlebach, Cantor Michal Hammerman, Congregation Kehillath Israel
"Engaging Pain"

“Engaging the Other" Yom Kippur sermon

"The Right Side of History" An exploration of the nature of evil as exemplified by Apartheid in South Africa and racism in America.

"The We of Me" How an African Safari can shed light on the question as to why we affiliate with a synagogue?

Harold Hoffman Memorial Lecture, Temple Beth El, Stamford  CT, Oct. 7 2010 Alan Dershowitz and Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street in conversation with Rabbi Mark Golub: "Making Israel's Case: Who Speaks for American Jews" Introduced by Stephen Hoffman and Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

When Everything Changes

“Bearing Witness”

"The Broomstick, the Bush and the Sh'ma" The iconic image of the past year - the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - the most powerful country in the world couldn't turn off a faucet. How the Sh'ma can help us to confront a world spinning out of control

"Why Do They Hate Us?" Jews and Israel face an increasingly hostile world, how is one to respond? With love.

The Mitzvah of Obligation

"Bringing Mitzvah Back," an exploration into the deeper meaning of "mitzvah

2009 Yom Kippur Day
God's Tweet: Mitzvah and Mindfulness - delivered at Temple Beth El in Stamford

2009 Kol Nidre
Mitzvah and Money - sermon delivered in Stamford Connecticut at Temple Beth El

Each of us has a self that has been lost, or simply has just been covered over by all the masks we wear. We now have a gift: 25 hours to get it back, to rediscover who we really are, to set new expectations for ourselves for the coming year, even if we know ahead of time that we won’t be able to keep those vows.

"The Shadings of Dawn"

"Power to the Peoplehood" One could make the case that Jews invented identity. We certainly invented the secret identity. It is said that the root of all fear comes from denying who you really are. And we Jews have had lots of reason to be afraid. And as Jews, we have so much to offer the world – we should celebrate just how special we are. And then, we need to roll up our sleeves, reach out our hand, find that first rung, and begin to climb the ladder.


2008 Yom Kippur Day  "Leaping Souls, Intimate Numbness and Spiritual Audacity"

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal speaks at Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT on September 24, 2009, at the 25th Harold Hoffman Memorial Lecture.

Cantor Michal Hammerman Kol Nidre Live from Kehillath Israel, Brookline, Mass. 1971

Live From Kehillath Israel, Brookline, Mass. 1971

"Rules for the Road"  Rites of Passage as we wander through the wilderness

"Invasions of Privacy" The yarmulke is perfect in that way, it tells people a lot about us, but it also says, loud and clear, that there are places that no one should see. There is always a need for private space. When we are engaged in sacred activity, there is always some part of us that is covered up – and not just any part – but the head, the part that is closest to heaven. That is the beauty of the yarmulke – for men and for womenTopics: privacy, 



Yom Kippur sermon 1991, "From a Distance." Temple Beth El, Stamford CT A "Hands On" sermon, as an earth ball is passed around to nearly 2,000 in attendance. "The beautiful intricacy of the human organism is matched only by the equivalent beauty of the organism we inhabit: the system known as earth."
"Coming of Age" We're not dying, but the corner deli is. We're not, but the Jewishness of the bagel is. We're not, but the self-deprecating Jewish comedian is. We're not, but the negative stereotypes of Jewish women are. We're not, but checkbook Judaism is. We're not, but performance Judaism is. We're not, but our reticence to accept converts is. We're not, but our fear of what the gentiles will think about us is. We're not, but a Judaism based solely on vicarious experience
"The Compassionate Life" We explore the steps we can take to better love our neighbor as ourselves
"In God's Image." My entire trip to Israel was framed, at the beginning and at its end, with the lingering mantra, at first playful and now haunting: “Titzalem oti.”
"Tears by the River" - a discussion of the meaning of home, post Katrina and the Gaza withdrawal, with Dorothy's glass slippers and letters from camp thrown in
15 step plan for Jewish Living
"The Jewish Stain" There is something indelible about Judaism, something eternal, something that goes far beyond these shores and far beyond our lifetimes. There is no more humbling thought than that, that we are part of it and it is part of us. All we have to do to tap into that inconceivable power is to follow the advice of the prophet Micah: “And what does the Lord require of you – but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God."
"Fear Itself" Over the years, we have developed interesting strategies to deal with what scares us. Tonight I’d like to talk about a few of them, and how we might develop our own authentically Jewish approach to confronting fear itself.

"Smashing Idols" Why are we so reticent to challenge our faith? Are we afraid of exacerbating divisions among ourselves? Jews couldn’t be more divided than we are already. Perhaps the one thing that we all have in common is this heritage of chutzpah. Are we afraid of what others will think of us? You should know that one thing that many non Jews have told me they admire about Judaism is its intellectual honesty. We’re, at heart, skeptics. And that is how it should be.

"Finding Nineveh: The Band of Brothers."  It’s interesting that just as in English, the words “other” and “brother” are almost identical, so in Hebrew, the word “brother” is “ach,” and the word “other” is “acher.” There is so little that really separates an enemy from a friend.

Power and its Limitations" In light of Iraq War, a massive power blackout and a trip to Yellowstone



"The Invisible Fence" The ironic thing is that now that he has been restricted to the area within the fence, my dog Crosby has been liberated – and he’s happier than ever. He can run free all over the yard, while before he had to be on the leash. And while he might occasionally look forlornly at the green grass on the other side of that invisible barrier, he leaps and barks far, far away from the dangers of Roxbury Road.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Sermon for Yom Kippur 2003 "Finding Nineveh: The Band of Brothers" Temple Beth El, Stamford CT



2001 Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 2001, Day 1: "Getting to Yes" Temple Beth El, Stamford. Just a week after 9/11, a nation rises from "shiva." "For although we are tired and shaken, although we are fearful, we are unwavering. And in the end there will be no more fear, no more terror, and we shall dwell as nations at peace. And a new world will be born. Today that world IS born - Amen."


“Apocalypse Later"

"Forgiving and Forgetting" We need to rediscover the power of words within our families in order to expand this gift to the world – we live in a cliché-infested universe where the words have lost their meaning.  We must rediscover the creative and healing power of words, because without them, too many family members end up not speaking to one another.

"A New Light On Zion" We pray every morning, “O cause a new light to shine upon Zion.”  Never has that prayer carried more urgency than now.  During terror attacks of 2nd intifada

"First Times" The key is to make every encounter like the first. 

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