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Where we've been, where we are and what the future holds for us together

12/15/2021 11:14:18 AM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

For 100 years, the small, amazing community of Beacon Hebrew Alliance has been the home for loving, creative Judaism. See where we've been, where we are and what the future holds for us - together!


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Parshat Miketz

12/01/2021 12:52:13 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

For the ancient rabbis, famine was worse than war: while the sword is quick, hunger kills slowly and painfully. Yet despite famine’s early warning signs, many governments, both ancient and modern have failed to plan for food crises. As a result, millions have...Read more...

Loss and Longing at Thanksgiving

11/24/2021 12:01:38 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Dear Friends:

Thanksgiving is a difficult and wonderful holiday, all at once. On the one hand, our culture is saturated with a whitewashed lie of brotherly love between Native peoples and European colonists. More information about the history of...Read more...

Hanukkah 2021-Online, In Person and At Home

11/17/2021 05:48:00 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Hanukkah begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Sunday, November 28) and this year, we will have opportunities to celebrate together, both online and in person. 

Bicycle Menorah, we’ll be...

Rolling into Kislev

11/10/2021 05:29:59 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


One of the most wonderful Jewish legends teaches that despite setbacks, the world endures thanks to the efforts of 36 hidden righteous people. They are known as the lamed vav tzadikim, and not only do we not know who they are, but they don’t know who they are - they...Read more...

Back In the Building!

10/27/2021 07:56:05 AM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

The last public event we had in our building was the Purim Carnival on March 8, 2020. 

The next public event we will have in our building will be this coming Friday, October 29, 2021!

After exactly 600 days, I am delighted to...

Chaos & Order

10/08/2021 04:01:45 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

One of my favorite new movies is The Martian, with Matt Damon playing NASA astronaut Mark Watney. He’s part of a mission to Mars, but tragically, his team needs to evacuate during a sandstorm and he accidentally gets left behind on the Martian surface without a ship. He has to figure out how to survive in this unfamiliar and chaotic environment until NASA can send a rescue mission, which might take years. 


Love at the End

10/07/2021 01:11:16 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Not a single member of my immediate family would be alive today, if not for modern medicine.

Not me, not my wife and not my kids. 

The medical establishment has certainly made some terrible errors - thalidomide and Oxycontin come to mind, but it has done far, far more good than harm in this world. I am tremendously grateful for the blessings that have come to us by way of doctors and...Read more...

Plans for Blind Dating on Sukkot, God Willing

09/10/2021 03:28:22 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

For the past few years, BHA has celebrated Sukkot on Main Street with Open to the Sky, our collaborative, open-source community Sukkah. It was built to facilitate serendipity, and part of the magic of Open to the Sky was its radical openness - I...Read more...

Digging for Connection

09/10/2021 02:09:38 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Earlier this summer, my family and I went canoe camping up in the Adirondacks, which was beautiful - we were together in the forest, happily singing as we paddled under clear blue skies.

At least for the first day. 

We caught a fair bit of rain the second day and by the third morning, as the edge of Hurricane Fredrick made its way through the...Read more...

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