Rabbi's Blog

The Congregation Berith Sholom Cemetery

January 18, 2023

If you have reached this page because someone is approaching the end of their life or has just died, Rabbi Gordon will be glad to speak with you and offer guidance.

Roe v. Wade: this is not the end.

June 24, 2022

The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade threatens the rights of many people.

Re-live Reb Deb's 25th Anniversary

May 26, 2022

Links to the the photo montage of Reb Deb's 25 years, remarks from speakers, and the recording of Reb Deb's 25th Anniversary Service

COVID-19 Attendance Policy Updated March 9, 2022

May 25, 2022

A summary of the updates, bringing us in line with CDC and NY State guidance when transmission levels are Substantial or High

A message from the Rabbi and President on Colleyville

January 20, 2022

We’re all grateful that the attack on Congregation Beth Israel in Texas ended with congregants and rabbi safe, but we’re shaken, too.

Our COVID-19 Policy

August 25, 2021

The CDC has identified our entire region as being at "high risk for transmission" of COVID-19, and rates are continuing to rise every day. Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to pivot from in-person, indoor gatherings back to virtual events.

Reflections on the Storming of the Capitol Yesterday

January 7, 2021

The fact that Washington DC policing and National Guard are both under federal control means that responses to both gatherings were under the control of people, mostly white men, allied with the President.

Breaching the Capitol

January 6, 2021

The vast majority of people who are at this very moment demonstrating at the Capitol, while Congress was trying to count the Electoral College vote, believe they are there to prevent a vast injustice.

Despair is Not an Option – Rosh HaShanah morning 5781

October 6, 2020

Literally every human being on the planet has had to reckon with COVID-19. With nearly 30 million cases and close to 1 million deaths worldwide, there is no place untouched.

All the World is a Very Narrow Bridge – Erev Rosh HaShanah 5780

September 21, 2020

Our Yom Kippur Torah reading says it clearly: Life and death I set before you, blessing and curse: Choose life, so that you and your descendents may live.

Morning Blessings for the New Year

September 18, 2020

On this last day of the year, I offer these beautiful, holy, life-giving morning blessings by Dori Midnight.


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