Author Archives: Rabbi Avi Friedman

About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My remarks at the New Providence – Berkeley Heights Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Monday evening at Faith Lutheran Church. As I was preparing for this moment in this place, I have to admit that I was feeling a little….. ambidextrous.  What … Continue reading

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Toss Your Hat

In his very last public speech, JFK chose to refer to a book entitled “An Only Child” which had been published just two years earlier. It is the memoir of an author by the name of Frank O’Connor who was … Continue reading

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Twenty Years?!

Sometimes, I read news articles or social media posts and I am struck by how different I am from some people. It is hard for me to understand how someone can look at a public official who forcibly kissed and … Continue reading

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It’s Light

At this time of year, as the days grow ever shorter, we are reminded of the power of light. We may take for granted the artificial lights that stave off the darkness in our homes, on our streets, in stores … Continue reading

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Was That So Hard?

When Gen. John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, referred to Gen. Robert E. Lee as an “honorable man” and the “men and women of good faith” on both sides of the US Civil War, it clearly rubbed some … Continue reading

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Listen to Her Voice

I keep thinking that I’m ready to move on to a new subject, but there’s a subject that doesn’t seem to want me to move on.  In the last few days, there have been more accusations leveled at Harvey Weinstein, … Continue reading

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Oy, The Headlines!

In general, I love reading about Jews in the news.  Whenever I see a local news item about a member of our community, I read it with pride and then (of course) I share it in our FB group. Sometimes, … Continue reading

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