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Who Will Care for My Child When I'm Gone?

Rahel Musleah
January 30, 2014
Gloria Lenhoff can sing in thirty languages. She has performed operatic arias and classical lieder with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the world. She has participated in High Holiday choirs and served as guest cantor or assistant cantor at synagogues in four states. But Gloria’s dazzling musical accomplishments do not stop her parents from worrying about her future.

Re-Envisioning Alzheimer’s

Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin, D.Min, LMHC
October 26, 2012
While praying to God for help and solace, it struck me that there may be a different way to think about Alzheimer's. When Miriam's mind seems distant, the "person" I used to know is not really gone, but just gone from me, at those moments.

Compassion Is the Best Medicine

August 23, 2012
The painful truth is that we cannot always help another person - and if we expect to be able to change someone else in order for us to feel better, we may be setting ourselves up for double failure. What we can do is help ourselves by understanding our own feelings of powerlessness and getting the support we need to manage our emotional response.

Our Children Need God

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
July 13, 2012
I met Shoshanna* in the hospital during the last days of her life. She told me she was terrified - of the finality of death, or, if God did exist, of God's punishment for her lack of faith.

A Labyrinth Changes Lives

July 13, 2012
In 2010, Eric Kershner, 17, a member and recent confirmand of Congregation Kol Ami (CKA) in Flower Mound, Texas, wanted to do an Eagle Scout project for his synagogue. Reviewing a list of potential congregational projects, he became intrigued with the idea of building a labyrinth that could become a permanent part of CKA life.