November 3, 2019

Everyone has gloves! We all danced and sang and celebrated the ending of the reading of the Torah and the beginning of the reading cycle all over again.

Larry, Abe, Jan and Harvey

Torah Service (photo above)

Thanks to Denny for this panoramic photo (below), as well as most of the others.

The two photos following are from Michael H., the outgoing chair of the Religious Practices Committee.


Fay and Joanne in the choir on Simchat Torah.

October 29, 2019

Thank you to everyone who sent me a birthday card! 

And thank you for the delicious chocolate cake - now long gone!!!

October 25, 2019

This week we start reading the Torah from the beginning. The parsha is one of the most fascinating portions in the entire Torah. Indeed, there is so much exciting material in it that it is unfortunate that it is all crammed into one single week. I could see focusing on dozens of episodes that occur all within this single portion. Parshat Bereshit reads almost like a film script. 

But a close philological reading suggests that it did not start out as a unifie...

October 18, 2019

We had a wonderful New Member Shabbat this past Friday night at our temple. Above, here is a photo of the new members who participated.

Below, the Torah Service begins.

About half of the new members came. Many others were traveling throughout the USA and abroad.

Much thanks to Brotherhood President Denny C. for taking these photos. Below, I am standing with the Cantor. I wish I could sing like Baruch does!

 Here are the co-chairs of the Membership Committee,...

October 11, 2019

 A small group had the opportunity to meet with our local Representative, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. We spoke about Israel, Yom Kippur and the situation in Kurdistan, amoung various other subjects. 

September 12, 2019

The High Holidays are an especially busy time for a rabbi, and it makes the preparation a high-pressure endeavor. Some rabbis prepares for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for several months, if not a year, in advance. But for the five new rabbis who made Phoenix their home this summer, there were just a few months (and in some cases just a few weeks) to get ready. 

Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan — who became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley...

June 28, 2019

Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley’s newest spiritual leader, Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan.

Rabbi Shelley Moss has been Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley’s rabbi since 2005, but in July he will be retiring from the congregation. On Friday, June 28, the synagogue will formally welcome its new spiritual leader, Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, with a Shabbat dinner. 

Kaplan came to the West Valley earlier this month and began working with Moss to settle in. His offici...

June 20, 2019

Rav David Sciunnach: «Noi rabbini continuiamo a esserci e a far sentire la nostra voce»

17 Giugno 2019


di Rav David Sciunnach 

Insinuazioni, critiche, opposizioni e provocazioni da sempre accompagnano la storia degli esseri umani. La questione è se rispondervi o meno e, nel caso, quando e come. Possibilità entrambe contenute nel Tanakh. Personalmente, credo sia giunto il momento di puntualizzare in maniera molto chiara alcuni fatti e questioni.

Come tut...

April 29, 2019

Hayim Perelmuter Conference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue

The Hayim Perelmuter Conference will take place at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago on April 1–2, 2019 in partnership with University of Notre Dame. The Perelmuter Conference has a long tradition of focusing on Jewish-Catholic dialogue and exploring scholarship pertaining to the intersection of Jewish and Catholic literature, history, and theology. The theme of the 2019 conference will be “Many Ro...

February 24, 2019

I was sitting at a table outside OK Bicycle Shop last night with a friend when I suddenly heard 3 shots fired and then saw about 20 people run hysterically towards us and past us in Dauphin Street. When i listened to the tape that someone in the bar/restaurant made, it seems like there were 5 shots, a slight pause, and then 4 more shots. we quickly went inside just as a precaution but there were no more shots. 

WALA reports that two teens have been arre...

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Dana Evan Kaplan is a rabbi, scholar, teacher and speaker. He is the Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom --- A Multigenerational Reform Synagogue and Religious School Serving the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. This photo was taken at the bird aviary in Albany, Georgia. 

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My most recent book

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Research interests

Reform Judaism, American Judaism, Religious Studies, American Studies