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A virtual Simchat Torah experience provides us with a new reason to rejoice

10/13/2020 03:50:05 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

As a rabbi and Jewish educator, my experience in leading and teaching Tefilah has been largely  focused on helping students listen, recite and interpret our traditional prayers so that they may form a meaningful connection to them. Rabbi Arnold Eisen writes, “… the rabbis believed, all who use the siddur will find their way through its forest of words to particular passages that call out to us with special...Read more...


07/30/2020 03:31:04 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

With so much fear about Covid-19 and uncertainty about the future, religious school may be one of the last items on most parents’ minds today.  However, the pervasive fear and uncertainty in our world makes religious school more valuable to our children than ever before.  

A Jewish education helps children forge a Jewish identity, and this identity allows...Read more...

The Executive M.A. in Jewish Education :  Developing the Right Mindset

06/04/2020 02:10:49 PM


This May - after more than two years of part-time study -  I completed the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Executive Master’s Program in Jewish Education. The program’s goal was not just to fill the minds of participants like myself with Jewish learning and examples of best Jewish educational practices but rather to develop within us the mindset to become true Jewish educational leaders.  As the...Read more...

The Torah's View of Life during Quarantine

05/14/2020 01:20:47 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

During the quarantine, our lives have been turned upside down.  If we are fortunate to have remained healthy (and this qualifier is not to be taken for granted nor preclude us from acknowledging the severity of the pandemic and its’ devastating impact on others), our lives were initially consumed with staying informed about the pandemic, protecting our health and learning how to procure basics such as food without the risk of becoming...Read more...

Exploring Judaism with Limmud Ny

01/30/2020 10:26:49 AM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

“Do not say when I have leisure I will study  – perhaps you will never have leisure...” (Pirke Avot 2:4)

The Jewish people are often referred to as the “People of the Book” and yet many adults have never explored Judaism at an adult level. This is extremely unfortunate as our tradition contains a storehouse of wisdom that can add meaning and beauty to our lives.

The publicity around the celebration of the...

Why vote in the 2020 Zionist Election?

01/22/2020 02:23:19 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

It is not every day that we are called upon to voice our opinion about World Jewry … but we currently have this opportunity in voting for a slate to represent our views at the next World Zionist Congress! Once every 5 years, US Jewry votes to directly influence the future of the Israel Reform Movement! 

When you vote, you will be able to choose from over a dozen slates representing diverse political beliefs, religious...Read more...

Israel in 2020: Doing Better than Expected, Less than Required[1]

01/11/2020 09:31:19 AM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

On January 9th, I returned from an eleven-day trip to Israel, a trip that was part of my studies to obtain an Executive M.A. in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  There were twenty-eight participants on the trip and we were led by three Reform Jewish educators.  Prior to the trip, we were told that this trip  would not be a “trip for first-timers” – there were no...Read more...

Celebrate Hanukkah memories through Music

12/02/2019 09:45:55 AM


On a beautiful summer evening, my family and I headed out to a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service on the Long Island sound.  The Jewish musician Sheldon Low was co-leading the worship service.  Through Sheldon’s music and service leadership, what had been an ordinary Friday night was transformed into a beautiful and magical evening.  We were singing and humming Sheldon’s upbeat melodies to Jewish...Read more...

Why Register your children for CJL Next Year?

05/21/2019 02:55:54 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

Our Spring CJL 2018-2019 was filled with so many special services and programs!

Kitah Zayin (Seventh Grade) Mitzvah projects with a family dessert reception Commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) by watching a special documentary film about intellectuals who recorded the actual events of the Warsaw Ghetto Maccabiah games to celebrate Yom Ha-Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day Recognition of service of our CJL Faculty...Read more...

What's Jewish About ThanksGiving?

11/19/2018 12:28:43 PM


What would Thanksgiving be without the hearty meal and football on TV…While football on TV is a relatively recent Thanksgiving tradition, the meal and the thanks we offer to God on that day have deep roots within Jewish tradition.  In fact, more generally, food and prayer are deeply entwined throughout Jewish practice

Giving thanks for our food is an integral part of Judaism.  We recite perhaps  the best-known...Read more...

Have you seen the "Punim Pages" in our CJL school hallway?

10/28/2018 08:31:22 PM


When you go upstairs to the CJL school hallway, you may notice the "Punim Pages" or "Face pages" (punim means face in Yiddish) posted on our school bulletin boards.  This is a project we begin at the start of school.  Each student completes a page with their picture on it and fills out a few lines of personal information. When the entire class has completed their pages, we then post the class pages on the bulletin...Read more...

Shout out to the CJL Faculty

10/11/2018 03:16:29 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

Did you know that our CJL Faculty continually engages in professional development outside of CJL hours?  This summer, Lane Chazdon, our Kitah Dalet (4th grade) and Hebrew resource teacher, participated in ten hours of training to become certified in Hebrew through Movement, a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew commands. Ariela Wehrle, our Hebrew...Read more...

Jewish Summer Reading

08/20/2018 09:02:25 AM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

Last spring, PBS launched “The Great American Read,”  an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).
Like many people, I  have more time to read in the summer, and I try to take advantage of this time by reading as many books as possible from my  “want to read book list” on my IPhone.

This...

Reflections on AIPAC Conference

03/07/2018 02:32:12 PM


Rabbi Wendy Pein

               I was pleased to be one of over 18,000 supporters of Israel who attended AIPAC’s National Conference, March 3-6, in Washington, DC. It was amazing to see both Jews and non-Jews from all across the political spectrum unite in their support for the state of Israel.  Highlights from the Conference included speeches by U.N Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Vice President...Read more...

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