Rabbi's sermon, Erev Rosh Hashanah


On this Holiday of Lag BaOmer

A terrible tragedy occurred - during a religious celebration some how a stampede occurred

and numerous people, 40 or more were killed and many additional were injured.

Our hearts go out to those suffering this unfortunate occurrence along with our prayers.  

How does something like the happen???  Does any one know but somehow we must learn so

as not to destroy ourselves - we have plenty of enemies that are more then willing to it for us.

A slip on a step - a missed move who knows - take care of yourself and others - share the love.

Anytime is a TIME for gifts of food and Tzedakah.

Taos Organizations that Feed the Hungry    
The Shared Table, c/o El Pueblito United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1302, El Prado, NM   87529  www.elpueblitoumc.org
The Taos Coalition to End Homelessness, P.O. Box 1516, Taos, NM   87571 www.taosmensshelter.org
St James Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 208 Camino de Santiago, Taos, NM   87571  www.stjamestaos.com
Taos Immigrant Allies, c/o B’nai Shalom Havurah, 810 Dillon Lane, Taos, NM   87571   www.taosimmigrantallies.org
Sin Fronteras, P.O. Box 531, Ranchos de Taos, NM   87557 (you can find them on Facebook)
HEART of Taos, P.O. Box 613, Taos, NM   87571    www.HEARToftaos.org
Thank you for anything you can give.   No donation is too small. 

Shamash Award to TJC  From the Jewish Federation of New Mexico's award letter: Mazel Tov! We are extremely proud of all of your hard work and dedication on behalf of our Jewish community. The energy, commitment and tenacity of TJC continue to add so much to the life and vitality of JFNM and our greater, regional Jewish community. 
On learning of the award, TJC board member Bruce Ross remarked,
"Wonderful ...It seems like we’re the first to be lit and now we need to continue to light others."

Counsel from Rabbi Judith HaLevy

Dear TJC

We may be separated by appropriate “social distance,” and even the road from Santa Fe to Taos, but it is not in our hearts.
This is a trying and difficult time for all of us, and even though we cannot gather together in person, it is more important than ever to strengthen the bonds that hold us together as one community.
Please, take the time, this afternoon perhaps, to reach out to someone with a Shabbat shalom.
We have many elderly members, and I know that we all will be monitoring their health and well being.
My phone number is
310 - 924 - 2742.
My email is
Please do not hesitate to call and touch base in these anxious times.

Sending much much love (but not hugs) on this Shabbat.
Rabbi Judith

Prayer for Coronavirus Pandemic
Presider over the Universe:
By Rabbi Lynnda Targan

Fear over the coronavirus plague is sweeping across the landscape of the world.  
Everyone has been touched by this scathing interloper, threatening our welfare our businesses and our lives.
We are engulfed in grievous times of uncertainty and worry.
We continue to get conflicting information because no one knows for sure what might be the best-case scenario for keeping the virus at bay and preventing the disease from invading our bodies.
To date there is no known cure and emotional chaos surrounds us.
So we pray that in light of the unknown, we make the right choices.
That we stay safe and illness free.
That those who are vulnerable be spared from this current scourge.
That those who have already contracted the virus heal quickly and completely.
That those who are confined and quarantined stay safe and strong.  
That those who have already lost loved ones be comforted in sympathy by a community of caring and loving people.
Please help our doctors and scientists find answers for this pandemic.
Please help our health-care providers stay safe and healthy and grant them courage in the face of this plague.   
Please help us find peace, solace and serenity in hidden corners
And help us help others stay calm.
Please show us the way to kindness by wrapping us in your sheltering arms…
And bring us closer to each other as we all have to wait in hope and in prayer.
Thank-you for the power of this serene moment in time…


Tashlich at Fred Baca Park,

The Taos Jewish Center is...

dedicated to fostering a positive Jewish identity by providing programs and services that enrich the lives of the people it serves in Northern New Mexico.

The TJC is open to all who wish to participate in experiences that reflect and incorporate Jewish ethics, culture, and observances.

The Taos Jewish Center is not only "open to," but encourages diverse forms of Jewish practice, and we have no single affiliation -- we are not orthodox, nor reform, nor reconstructionist, nor conservative; we are all of those things, and SO MUCH MORE. 


Come join us and embrace the diversity and multiplicity of Judaism as practiced by those in our community.

Won't you?



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