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Thoughts on Ukraine and the Russian Invasion

03/10/2022 06:58:13 PM


Robert Jobrack

How Should A Jew in Fredericksburg Feel About Events in Ukraine and the Russian Invasion?

As Americans, we should pay attention.  Any rudimentary knowledge of history tells us two things:

-          The U.S. cannot insulate itself from wars in Europe

-          A military invasion of neighboring country by a large, powerful country does not end with just one...Read more...

Gift Card Scam

03/05/2022 11:02:19 AM


Beware of Scam to Purchase Gift Cards! 

Please beware of unauthorized requests to purchase gift cards.  At least one congregant has received such aRead more...

Our Covenantal Community

02/10/2022 01:57:28 PM


Robert Jobrack

What does it say about a Jewish community that comes together to do a mitzvah for someone they don’t know, a person who does not have a relationship with our congregation?

On February 9,  Sarita London was  laid to rest at Oak Hill cemetery.  She was a Jewish woman living in Fredericksburg with no family in the area.  She was not a member of BST and personally unknown to us.  When her family...Read more...

Giving Back

02/04/2022 11:31:59 AM


Rabbi Bruce Aft

Dear Friends,

It was an influential quote in my lifetime...I was a six year old child and it made a significant impression on me.  I often wonder if I have just heard about it, or whether I really remember the actual quote.  In any event, I want to share it with you.

John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Why am I writing about that today?  In...

Dues: A Fee or an Investment?

01/31/2022 10:49:06 AM


Robert Jobrack

Why do we each make a dues commitment to a congregation and why bother?

For years in the Reform Movement membership implied certain privileges, like invitations for upcoming events, Religious School eligibility, and tickets for High Holy Day services (though tickets for HHDs are no longer done at BST).  This membership model implies fee for...Read more...

The High Holy Days Food Drive

11/01/2020 11:08:07 PM


Robert Jobrack

Thank you to all those contributed to our High Holy Days food drive.

Between the event held on September 13 when members picked up their prayer books, and October 4 when they returned them, we collected 969 pounds of food and $250.  When Sabina Weitzman delivered the donations the folks running the food bank told her that shelves are empty and they really needed the...Read more...

How Jews Should Choose in 2020

10/10/2020 10:54:39 PM


Robert Jobrack

No matter where you stand politically, I think we can agree that this election has the potential to inflame emotions to a greater degree than in previous years.   We are a politically diverse congregation living in a politically divided community in a politically divided country.  This creates conditions that can lead to arguments, ruptured friendships and...Read more...

Kol Ha Bayit: BST & BLM - A Personal Opinion

06/08/2020 11:07:14 PM


Robert Jobrack

What is our congregation’s position on Black Lives Matter, the protests, the civil unrest,  and the politics surrounding it all? 

If you want the Union of Reform Judaism’s official statement, you can read it here:

One key sentence from that position: “Our country simply cannot achieve the...Read more...

Kol Ha Bayit: Shabbat Shalom During COVID-19

04/03/2020 05:17:33 PM


Rabbi Jennifer Weiner

Rabbi Jennifer Weiner is providing weekly messages to the congregation during this pandemic - you can receive them via a weekly email, or check them out here as archived. Questions or trouble accessing the posts? Contact the office!

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Kol Ha Bayit: Online Streaming

03/18/2020 09:50:41 PM


Tiina Rodrigue

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Kol Ha Bayit: BST Health & Safety

03/10/2020 04:39:49 PM


Tiina K. O. Rodrigue

Kol Ha Bayit: Everyday fundraising is easier than you think- shop with scrip

08/13/2019 04:29:18 PM


Treasurer Ellen Grady


Let me pose some questions to you: do you shop through Amazon? Do you get gas or coffee at Wawa or Sheetz when your tank is low, or buy groceries at Giant or Weis? Do you prefer Walmart for some things and Target for others? Do you shop for clothes at Old Navy, or Kohl’s? Do you shop at stores like Lowe’s for all your home DIY projects, or go out to eat in Central Park with your family, or go to the movies with friends? Do...Read more...

Kol Ha Bayit: A Final Word from president jobrack

07/31/2019 01:33:52 PM


Robert Jobrack


I’ll begin with the end:

Thank you for the support you’ve given me as President of the Board the past two years Please extend ---or,  better yet, amplify --- this support for our new President, Tiina Rodrigue

I’ve served as President before and both times I’ve always felt that everyone in the congregation was rooting for me.  That’s a great feeling:  to know that while we may disagree or...Read more...

Kol Ha Bayit: Responding personally to anti-semitism

06/18/2019 12:26:50 PM


Olivia Dolgin, with Margaret Rice

Encountering Anti-Semitism is something many Jewish people are familiar with and it cannot be ignored. Speaking up when someone presents you or others with false information, or baseless attacks on your faith or Israel, should be something everyone can find the courage to do and knowing how to refute claims and draw strength from your faith is a necessary tool in any disagreement or...Read more...

Kol ha bayit: How to respond to hate and anti-semitism

05/01/2019 12:26:11 PM


President Robert Jobrack

What do we do when we face Anti-Semitism and attacks on Jewish congregations?  How do we as Jewish individuals do ANYTHING to react to this?  Here’s an answer:

Following the rampage Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in both hands in the attack, sent out a plea for Jewish people to pack houses of worship this Friday and Saturday.


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