“We have all become entrenched in our polarized positions. We surround ourselves with those who share our views, and we are all too ready to delegitimize those who hold a divergent position. It is incumbent upon us to speak out for the values that are fundamental to our beliefs, and it behooves us to recognize that there are others who cherish divergent views.”

~ Rabbi Yael Romer

Sermons: Rabbi Yael Romer

Being a Good Steward and Living in Balance with the Earth - Erev Yom Kippur 5779

The spaciousness of the Days of Awe allows each of us to reflect on the difficulty, pain, and loss we endured throughout the past year, as well the accomplishments, blessings, and joy. It is in this spirit...

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Racism A State Policy - Yom Kippur Morning 5779

“Pave a road, pave a road. Clear a path! Remove the obstacles from my people’s path.” These are the words of the Prophet Isaiah that we take to heart on Yom Kippur... 

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When Officiating at a Jewish Wedding is a Crime - Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5779

Tonight marks the start of the New Year, 5779. Next month, immediately after the High Holidays. I will leave for Israel to officiate at the wedding of my best friend's daughter. I plan to return to Kingston one week later, assuming I am not arrested... 

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Kindness, Compassion, Integrity, Honesty: The Challenge of Living - Rosh Hashanah 5779

“And you wait, await the one thing that will infinitely increase your life; the gigantic, the stupendous, the awakening…” These words are from a poem by Rilke that we read during our contemplative Selichot service.

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