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Hello Rabbi Weiss,
My name is Eli Libenson and I am a colleague of yours from Israel - JTS 1971. I discovered your live streaming and archived videos while browsing on the web and I really love it. We have been living in Israel for 30 years and for all those years I've missed the American Conservative synagogue experience. And lo and behold I've just found it one click away. I have so far watched a Shabbat morning service, a Shabbat minha Bar Mitzvah, the annual congregational meeting and the lecture by Rabbi Irwin Kula. They were all extremely interesting and nostalgia inducing for me. As you may have guessed I'm retired.
I'd like to commend the person or persons who thought of the idea of taping it all and then implementing it. I have already told friends about it and I hope they too will give it a try. I do hope you will put on more talks and lectures as they take place in your congregation.
Shabbat Shalom to your fellow clergy and to your wonderful congregation.
The Etgar staff is grateful to you and the synagogue staff for assistance with our special end of school year Friday night service and dinner for our Etgar families on Friday, May 6, 2016. Thank you for providing Kiddush items and thank you for participating in the evening's service and dinner. We are grateful to Paula Botkin for making arrangements with B'nai Jeshurun maintenance staff and ensuring that Gottlieb Auditorium was set up per our needs. Please extend our thanks to the maintenance staff too. The room worked beautifully for our Friday ight service and dinner - with auditorium seating in front of the Bima and dinner tables at the front of the room. About 40 people attended the event including our staff. We are grateful for the hospitality of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation and staff. Thank you for your support of the Etgar program. - Jackie Brooks, Etgar Administrator
Just wanted to thank you for a really nice Hanukkah gift from BJ. Everything was so well thought out, right down to the laminated card with the candle blessings. Another example of how awesome BJ is! Thanks again,
-Julie, Aaron and the girls
"This was such a wonderful event at the Synagogue we now belong to. Yonah and Aitza got to pet so many different animals, and play with lots of children. The other parents were so friendly...We never felt so welcome at a synagogue before. I really look forward to participating in our synagogue community!" -Hilary Flexer
"I was at the late Micky Shagrin's funeral yesterday. I am so proud to be part of the Bnai Jeshurun family. Please let Rabbi Weiss, Rabbi Hal and Cantor Shifman know how touching Cantor's wonderful voice of solace was to me which rang out in the chapel, and how both Rabbis were so compassionate to the Shagrin family in their hour of need. A sweet dear loving couple. The clergy at BJ are just super. May Micky's memory indeed be for a blessing."
-Francis Ritsky Kluter
"I just wanted to thank everyone at B'nai Jeshurun for sending the thoughtful Passover care package. I signed up for Seder and Passover kosher meals here at Ohio University and will keep our congregation in mind during the holiday. The care package will definitely help me celebrate the holiday - It really means a lot to me so thank you! Chag Sameach"
"The BJ weekly news is VERY WELL DONE!! Thank you for this email EACH week! It keeps us informed with only ourselves to blame if we don't engage ourselves into synagogue life!!
"I have so many people to thank for making Zachary's Bar Mitzvah so special but I want to start with everyone at B'nai Jeshurun! Cantor Shifman made sure that Zachary stayed on track throughout his Bar Mitzvah training with Ari Ross, who did a great job mentoring Zach. The Cantor made us feel very comfortable at the service. Rabbi Hal (Rudin-Luria) was very patient & kind with Zachary throughout this time as well, helping him with his D'var Torah & speech. Rabbi Weiss put Zachary at ease from the start when Zachary couldn't find his tallit clip. His warmth during the service to Zach & our whole family brought us close in the service. Thank you also to Jay Ross & to Mr. Amster for always running every step of the service so smoothly & always bringing kids into the services! That is so important for the kids to choose to love shul now & hopefully forever! We really love being a part of this family-oriented shul!" The Marton's
"The Berman Family absolutely appreciates the amazing support from both clergy and members that we received during a very difficult time. Thank you so much!"
"Thank you so much for hosting the USY Fall Kinnus at B'nai Jeshurun. Please thank all the other B'nai Jeshurun staff who helped with this convention as well. We really appreciate all of your time and hard work. Thanks again!" -The 2012/2013 BJUSY Board
"We want to thank all of you for making Jake's Bar Mitzvah and learning experiences so special. As we said on his Bar Mitzvah day, the day wasn't just a celebration of that day but what brought him to that day and where he will go from there. Thank you for being a very important part of the love Jake has for Judaism and his community." -Debbie & Tom Lubotsky
"I just wanted to send you a message personally telling you how much our group from St. Francis of Assisi truly enjoyed the event on Monday night. I am honestly not sure I could put all of my experiences into words for you, but suffice it to say that I will be back next year and would love to be more involved. Thank you so much for the gift you have given us and congratulations on a truly successful event!" -Kathleen Williams
"I attended a discussion group and services on 11/3/12 as part of my studies for a class at Kent state. I was welcomed from the first moment and treated in such a positive manner throughout my visit. I wanted to say Thank You to the Usher who greeted me upon arrival and later gave me an unrequested but much appreciated tour. Most importantly, Thank you Sam, my unofficial host for the day. A WWII veteran who took it upon himself to explain what was happening and making me feel at home." -James Walker