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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky leads kabbalat shabbat on Friday nights at 6pm, and Saturday morning Shabbat at 10.30am. Selected sermons are posted here.

Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky has served Beit Shalom since 2006. She was born in Washington, DC and grew up as part of a large Reform synagogue. Because the morning slot was already taken for her preferred bat mitzvah date, her bat mitzvah was held late on Shabbat afternoon when the only guests in attendance were friends and family. She has appreciated how Beit Shalom Progressive Synagogue offers an alternative model: ours is not only a congregation but also an extended family where the yearly festival cycle and life cycle events are celebrated by the whole synagogue.

At Beit Shalom, she is involved in all aspects of the congregation, from celebrating Shabbat with our youngest members at our monthly Tot Shabbat service to conducting Shabbat services and passing along ritual skills to visiting older members of the congregation. She is passionately committed to the central teachings of Progressive Judaism and works hard to live out its values of egalitarianism and an ongoing dialogue between tradition and modernity. She is constantly seeking ways to make all aspects of Jewish life more relevant and exciting for Jews living in the modern world. She serves as treasurer of the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors and locally is a board member of Jewish Community Services. She is also regularly involved in programs and activities that build bridges between the Jewish community and the larger world.

If you would like to meet with Rabbi Kaminsky, feel free to contact her directly at shoshana.kaminsky@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

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		                                    Might -have - beens and moving on with life		                                </span>
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		                                	Monday, Feb 24th		                                </span>
		                            		                            	                            	
		                            <span class="slider_description"><p>It was a split second misjudgement, and it almost cost me dearly.</p>

<p>I was preparing to head off to the dentist on my bicycle. My dog O-cha generally sits patiently in the garage close to the back door, and watches as I walk my bicycle out the door and close the garage. This time he was sitting, but between me and garage door. I opened the garage door, and he slipped out into the great outdoors. It so happened that an Uber Eats...</span>
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		                                    Reflecting on 25 years as a Rabbi		                                </span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><p>A joke for Kol Nidre: on the eve of Yom Kippur, the rabbi, cantor and president of a large synagogue are kidnapped by terrorists. The terrorists tell the three Jewish leaders that they will be executed, but that all three have been granted a last wish.</p>

<p>The rabbi speaks first, “Ah—Yom Kippur. Over my forty year career, I have given my most memorable sermons on Yom Kippur. They were so deeply moving! Some of them were close to 45...</span>
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		                                    Opening Our Eyes		                                </span>
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		                                	Saturday, Feb 2nd		                                </span>
		                            		                            	                            	
		                            <span class="slider_description">I watched the 2016 movie Spotlight on a long-haul flight. I had put off watching it when it was first released, because I was afraid that I would find the depiction of child sexual abuse too upsetting.</span>
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Wed, 20 October 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782