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.

Don’t You Dare Forget!

I often joke around with my family, saying that if I could only purge my brain of sports trivia and TV show theme song lyrics, I could make room for some useful and important information. I don’t know exactly how … Continue reading

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If Not Now….

A story has been passed around the internet for years about a young girl named Shannon in North Carolina.  She was on-line after school, chatting with a friend whom she believed to be a 14-year-old boy in Michigan, with the … Continue reading

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There There

“There’s no there there.” Gertrude Stein wrote those words in 1937 after returning to her hometown of Oakland to find that her childhood home no longer existed.  The place – as she knew it – no longer existed.  It’s a … Continue reading

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More Jethro, Please!

Jethro is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible.  Although he was not officially a member of our team, we learn about him and he does some really admirable things. When we first met him at the beginning … Continue reading

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See Something?

I did not know this, but apparently the phrase, “If you see something, say something,” is trademarked by the Department of Homeland Security.  I’m not quite sure what it means to trademark a saying like that.  Can anyone say it?  … Continue reading

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Solidarity

On my recent trip to Israel with teens from our congregation, we (of course!) visited the Western Wall.  First, we stood all together on the plaza looking at the Wall from a distance.  Then, the males went to males’ section … Continue reading

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Name Calling

While I get asked lots of questions on many different subjects, the topic which seems to generate the most questions for this particular rabbi is: NAMES.  When a couple is naming a baby, they have questions about names.  When a … Continue reading

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