Category: Meaningful Life Messages

Celebrating Juneteenth with a poem by Maya Angelou

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good afternoon to all at The New Jewish Home.

I want to wish you each a very Happy Juneteenth.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation technically took effect on January 1, 1863, the true ending of slavery was not actually in effect until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. On June 19 of that year, Union Army General Gordon Granger announced federal orders in Galveston, TX, that all slaves held in Texas had been freed. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified that December 6th formally ending and forbidding all non-penal slavery everywhere in the United States.

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In the name of justice and as an expression of our values

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Morning Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Thursday, June 11.

We do important work every day at The New Jewish Home. Today is no exception. Yet today we have some different important work to do together. First at noon and then again at two PM all available staff are invited to join in front of the building for a vigil in memory of George Floyd and in solidarity with the protest movement that has grown up in the aftermath of his murder on May 25th. We will stand together for the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that robbed  him of his life.

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In memory of George Floyd

—Rabbi Sandy Bogin,
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

June 11, 2020

Good afternoon everyone, this is Rabbi Bogin.

In a few minutes, at 2pm, those of us who are able will gather for a vigil at the front entrance of our building, in memory of George Floyd, who was recently murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. We join together as human beings, as Americans, as the Sarah Neuman family.

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Feeling Hopeful

Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Today is Wednesday, June 10.

Hi there, Jewish Home Manhattan. 

I don’t know why, but I’m feeling hopeful. How come? Let’s investigate. I mean, the world is just as messy as it way yesterday, right?  There are some pretty bad things going on. But today, for whatever reason, I’m vibing on the good stuff.

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How about you?

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Morning Jewish Home Manhattan
Today is Monday, June 1. 

For a few weeks I was saving up a particular song for today’s message. It starts off like this:
I like New York in June. How about you?
I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?
I love a fireside, when a storm is due
I like potato chips, moonlight, motor trips, how about you?

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On Shavuot all forms of remembrance are important

— Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.
Today is Friday, May 29.
Today is also the first day of Shavuot, the two-day Jewish harvest festival at the beginning of summer.

In the 26th chapter of Deuteronomy (verses 1-11), we read an early description of the holiday’s observance. There, when a person presents that season’s first fruits at the ancient Temple, they make a brief speech to the priest recounting their interwoven personal and national history. It evokes the pioneering journeys of Abraham and Sarah, the people’s enslavement in Egypt, the eventual liberation, the Israelite’s wandering and providence in the wilderness. And finally, it connects to their ongoing life in the land, a land famously flowing with milk and honey. 

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This evening we begin the Jewish festival of Shavuot

—Rabbi Sandy Bogin
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

May 28, 2020
Good afternoon, everyone.
I invite you all to pause if you can, from what you are doing for a moment.

This evening we begin the Jewish festival of Shavuot. Another holiday that we are not able to celebrate in the usual manner of gathering friends and family in a synagogue and at home. Passover, Easter, Eid al-Fitr — other holy days that we were not able to celebrate in our usual ways this spring.

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All Through The Night — Welcoming Shavuot

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.

Today is Thursday, May 28. 

When I was young, I thought staying up late was a magical thing. What mysteries would I discover, after bedtime? The first New Year’s Eve I was both allowed to (and succeeded to) make it all the way to midnight, I felt I had been initiated into a secret club of grown-ups. Not until college did I learn that procrastinators up against deadlines could become quite familiar with all-nighters. And the wee hours from two to five am are very different when you don’t want to be awake. Taking care of newborns or struggling with insomnia can bring a kind of hopeless desperation — why can’t I just close my eyes and go back to sleep?!

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