Notes from Rabbi Franken

  • Mazal Tov to Cantor Levine

    Dear Temple Shalom Family: A very special Mazal Tov to Cantor Levine who is receiving the transmission of S'micha as a Rabbinic Pastor this coming Sunday, January 7. This very special event is being live streamed at 5:00 p.m. Please join us in sending our most heartfelt congratulations to Cantor Levine on the culmination of 5 years of hard work Continue Reading...Read More »
  • Message and Appeal from Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach

    Dear Friends: Please read Rabbi Feshbach's letter below which describes how we can help his community and the people of St. Thomas. Rabbi John Franken, Rita Klein and the clergy and staff of Temple Shalom September 14, 2017 Dear Congregants, Chai Members, friends, colleagues, members of my former congregations, and so very many others: It is now a full week Continue Reading...Read More »
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Update from Rabbi Franken

    As of Tuesday, September 12, the good people of Temple Shalom contributed $7,031 in cash and gift cards to aid the people of Houston in recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Thank you to everyone who answered the call. There is little doubt that we will meet and even surpass our goal of $7,200. Needless to say, our Continue Reading...Read More »
  • Temple Shalom Hurricane Response

    September 13, 2017 | 22 Elul 5777 Dear Temple Shalom Family: Many of you have been inquiring about Rabbi Feshbach and his family since Hurricane Irma tore through the Virgin Islands several days ago. Thankfully, the Feshbach family is safe, even as their rental home suffered some roof damage and water leaks. Although communication and power have been limited, Rabbi Continue Reading...Read More »
  • We must not be indifferent

    September 6, 2017 | 15 Elul 5777 Dear Temple Shalom Family: In just a few days, TS folks have contributed $3140 to the Hurricane Harvey fund being administered by my friend Rabbi Annie Belford of Houston's Temple Sinai. I am hoping we can raise $5400 or even $7200 before we are finished. As Annie writes, 31 families from her little Continue Reading...Read More »
  • Temple Shalom & the Hurricane Harvey Emergency

    September 1, 2017 | 10 Elul 5777   Dear Temple Shalom Family: Our tradition teaches us not to stand idly by a neighbor in distress and to love your neighbor as yourself. How much more true is this when we are speaking not of one, but of thousands! That the devastation in Texas this week is devastating I do not Continue Reading...Read More »
  • Charlottesville

    Dear Temple Shalom Family: The events of the past weekend in Charlottesville leave us with heavy hearts. That hatred and intolerance still infect our society had already been manifest to all. That it has descended into violence, terrorism and even death is an alarming escalation and threat to our civil society. Still, it is heartening that the better angels of Continue Reading...Read More »