Sermons & Reflections


Each year, in addition to the Rabbi's High Holiday sermons, JRC members are invited to share their personal reflections on a variety of subjects related to their experiences as Jews. On Yom Kippur afternoon, JRC hosts Open Mic, an opportunity for members to address the congregation with reflections on the past year. Please click on the links below to read and share our words of wisdom. 

2019/5780 Sermons by Rabbi Rachel Weiss 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Daring and Spumoni

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF

Rosh Hashanah Morning 
Scarcity and Humanity

Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) 
Safe Space

Erev Yom Kippur Sermon PDF

Yom Kippur Morning
Less Death and More Joy

Yom Kippur Sermon PDF

2019/5780 Personal Reflections 

Congregational Address: President Elliot Frolichstein-Appel

Jackie Kaplan-Perkins

Laurie Levy

David Tabak


2018/5779 Sermons by Rabbi Rachel Weiss 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
An Odyssey​ of Awe: Into the Wilderness

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF

Rosh Hashanah Morning 
Talking About and Listening to Hard Things

Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) 
Shiviti Havaya

Erev Yom Kippur Sermon PDF

Yom Kippur Morning
Tze u’Lemad

Yom Kippur Sermon PDF

2018/5779 Personal Reflections 
Congregational Address: President Sandy Spatz 

2017/5778 Sermons by Rabbi Rachel Weiss 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF


Rosh Hashanah Sermon PDF




Yom Kippur Sermon PDF

2017/5778 Personal Reflections 
Congregational Address: President Sandy Spatz 

Beth Kaskel 

Gonzalo Escobar 

2017/5778 Open Mic Speeches 

Fran and Skip Landt 
Charlene Gelber 
Adrienne Lieberman
Rebecca Rubin
Laura Friedlander 
Beverly Friend 

Larry Marks
Susan Cherry
Phyllis Kravitz 
Jim Zeckhauser 

Marie Davidson
Arnie Kanter

2016/5777 Sermons by Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Rosh Hashanah 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 
Rosh Hashanah Sermon 

Yom Kippur 

Kol Nidre Sermon 
Yom Kippur Sermon 

2016/5777 Open Mic Speeches 

Carole Kagan
Keegan Sherlock
Rebecca Rubin
Marie Davidson
Steve Romm
Elliot Frolichstein-Appel
Charlene Gelber
Susan Cherry
Darlene Grossman
Eli Gaytan
Sandy Spatz
Laurie Goldstein
Judy Mendel
Ray Grossman
David Blechman
Jonathan Markowitz
Sallie Gratch
Jim Zeckhauser 

Beverly Friend
Arnie Kanter

Jim Zeckhauser's poem performance at the Green Mill Uptown Poetry Slam

Sermons and Reflections 2015-2008


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