Spring 2020

Dear KI Community,

We are living in extraordinary and challenging times.  Even though the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to be physically apart, there are so many ways we can remain spiritually connected as a congregation and individuals.  To maintain and nurture our connections, we have added many features to our KI Website.  Consider it your KI “go to place” to find out what is available online at KI.   You will find special Zoom meetingsShabbat services, adult education programs and more.  Our Preschool and JQuest communities have additional, daily resources specific to their programs.  We invite you to take a moment and explore Kipah.org to learn more about KI’s history and heritage. If anyone in the congregation is in need of direct pastoral support, please be in touch with our clergy directly. Their contact information is available on this website.

Several years ago, we ran a very successful Hazak Campaign at KI.  The motto of that campaign came from the Shabbat morning service.  It declared, “Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us strengthen one another.” (Hebrew below) Today that message more than ever.  Together we are stronger.  Together we will prevail!

Hazak, Hazak v’Nithazaik!

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

A Vitrual Tour of KI with Rabbi Lance!  Click here for all essays by Rabbi Sussman!

5781 Virtual High Holy Day Message from Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

Clearing the Confusion: Panel of KI Health Professionals Answering Questions about the PandemicMore Info Here

Keeping It Together While Apart: Mental Health Professionals Help to Navigate Life During the Covid PandemicMore Info Here

Peaceful Community VigilMore Info Here

Healing ServiceMore Info Here

Poems: “Until Then” & “A Time To Celebrate”

Poem: Family

Poem: Grateful

Prayer: May We Be Healed

Prayer 1: The New Year

Prayer 2: Forgiveness

Prayer 3: Hope

A Prayer for America

Two Prayers: A Healthcare Worker’s & On Behalf of Healthcare Workers

Poem: A New Birth of Freedom Poem: God Bless America. 2 Poem: I Can’t Breathe

Poem: We Shall Prevail Poem: What’s Next? How to Make a Mask

Essay: Social Distance and Spiritual Proximity

Essay: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of Organized Religion

Essay: Ordinary Citizens: Lessons from the Pandemic of 2020

Essay: Lessons Learned: Historical Pandemics and the Philadelphia Jewish Community

Essay: Grant Us Peace: An American Reform Jewish Classic Prayer

Essay: The Zoom Generation: How Corona Has Already Changed American Judaism

Essay: Clearing the Confusion: KI Health Specialist Program on COVID-19

Essay: Closing our Shuls, Opening our Homes: A Jewish Response to COVID-19

Essay: An Old Hatred and New Challenges: Jews, Blacks and White Supremacy in America

Essay: Monumental Questions: A Rabbinic Reflection for July 4, 2020

Essay: We Shall Not Be Moved

Essay: A Long History: American Jews and the NAACP

Essay: The Right to Vote – Shof’tim 16:15-21:9

Essay: Rest in Peace: Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a”h

Essay: Hate and Ignorance: A Bad Combination for America

Essay: Reconciliation: A Prayer for 2021

Sermon: The Attack on America

Essay: Almost One Year: The Impact of COVID on Jewish Life

Jewish Songs for the Soul “Dayeinu! A KI Virtual Seder” & Video Messages