Congregation Sukkat Shalom

September 5, 2017

Action Needed!


This is from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s decision to end the DACA program. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children to obtain work permits, attend school, and contribute openly to our economy without fear of deportation. By ending the program, the administration will again make these young people, known as DREAMers, vulnerable to deportation or detention. Participants in and applicants to DACA trusted the federal government with their names and contact information when applying to the program – information that makes them especially vulnerable to deportation now.

In a statement released today, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, declared, “President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is morally misguided and poor public policy. The contributions of DACA recipients – young people brought to this country by their parents and who lack citizenship through no fault of their own – make our country stronger.”

This appalling decision demands a strong, immediate reaction. The RAC is joining with partners around the country to show broad support for DACA, including calling on Congress to step up and support DREAMers where the President failed.

We hope you will join us by taking action:
  1. Urge your Senators and Representative to immediately pass a clean Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440). Congress must act now to protect DACA recipients from deportation or detention. The bipartisan Dream Act would grant DACA recipients permanent residence status and provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers who attend college, work in the U.S., or serve in the military.
  2. Show broad, public, and unified support in your community by joining events, vigils, and other activities to support DREAMers. Visit to find events in your community. By joining with others, we will help show the full breadth of support for DREAMers and for a just immigration system.

We also encourage you to amplify the message and show widespread support for DREAMers by posting on your social media accounts. Check out the RAC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts you can share.

In Leviticus, we are demanded to welcome the stranger and “love them as yourself.” This teaching is repeated 35 times in the Torah, the most repeated of any commandment. Our own people’s history as “strangers” remind us of the many struggles faced by immigrants today. The administration’s decision to end DACA compels us to affirm our commitment to these values by standing with the young people affected by the termination of the DACA program. Thank you for taking action with us.

August 26, 2017

Welcome Jeff!


Our new rabbi, Jeff Dreifus, is in Juneau and – despite the weather – things are warm and cozy at the Temple. More than 30 people showed up for Friday Night services and fourteen for adult education on Saturday night. Today, at 3:30, Keith Levy will offer a Shofar Workshop at 3:30. Stay tuned for the High Holy Day’s schedule.


Posted in: General
August 18, 2017

Charlottesville Solidarity Coffee


While Congregation Sukkat Shalom did not organize this event, we will be hosting it at the Temple – tomorrow, Saturday, August 19, from 10:30-11:30. If you’d like, please bring something to share with our neighbors and community members.


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August 17, 2017

Two Interesting Articles about Current Events


CSS Member Jesse Kiehl shared this article and Saralyn Tabachnick shared this one. Both interesting reads. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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August 16, 2017

CSS Welcomes Student Rabbi Jeff Dreifus


Welcome Rabbi Jeff Dreifus! Our new student Rabbi’s first visit will be the weekend of August 25th. Check out the calendar for all the details (kids and teen events, services, adult education and shofar blowing – now that’s a good Juneau kick-off). We look forward to gathering again and seeing everyone. The High Holidays are around the corner – a full schedule will be released in the next few days.  We’ll post a bio and picture of Jeff soon. In the meantime – here’s a link to a fun video.


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August 16, 2017

CSS – Communicating in a NEW Way!


Greetings all! Welcome to CCS’s Members Section. We know it will take a little time to get used to the new format but we think it’s going to work well. Check the box on the side of the page to receive an email about new posts. Along with information, the calendar of events – there will be pictures, info about events and more. We’ll still post info about services on the web site but this section will be our full information hub. Feel free to leave your comments and feedback. We’ll keep our current FB page but we may start another page for members and friends only. You’ll notice that we don’t have the High Holiday schedule up – stay tuned! It will be up by next week. See you at the Temple.

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May 26, 2017

The First Six Months


The Social Action Working Group (SAWG) is approaching its 1/2 year birthday. It has been an extremely busy six months with SAWGers working collectively and individually to further our mission of pursuing the ideals of tzedek and the mitvah of tikkun olam.

In the last six months we have:

  • Written a letter in opposition of the CBJ Assembly’s anti-camping ordinance and submitted it in the public record. The letter was also published as a My Turn article in The Juneau Empire.
  • Sent a letter to our local, state, and federal representatives detailing the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and requesting our representatives respond to us with the steps they would be taking to stop this wrong. This letter also appeared as a My Turn article in The Juneau Empire.
  • Organized and hosted a Tu BiShvat seder.
  • Worked with other faith-based groups to look into the Sanctuary City movement and what we would be willing to do to protect our immigrant community. This group, in cooperation with the Juneau People for Peace and Justice, has met with JPD, CBJ, and Juneau school district to encourage them to follow the outline as established by the ACLU to protect the immigrant community.
  • Initiated and organized an ACLU Citizen Activist Training workshop that was held for the benefit of the entire Juneau community.
  • Helped with the Purim Children’s Carnival and hosted the Adult Purim events.
  • Participated in a round table with U.S. Coast Guard personnel on Yom HaShoah as part of the USCG’s civil rights and affirmative action programs.
  • Adopted a week in JPD’s Year of Kindness. Our acts of kindness included handing out gratitude cards and hosting an Ice Cream Social for our temple neighborhood.
  • Individually, SAWGers have advanced our mission by being active representatives in the Interfaith Group, the Juneau People for Peace and Justice,, have attended a workshop on effective lobbying, and penned On Living and Growing articles for the paper.

We have worked tirelessly the last six months and feel we deserve a bit of a pause. SAWG will take the summer off from formal meetings and will start meetings back up again in August. Have no fear though, if something arises that needs our attention we stand ready to flex our social action muscles at a moment’s notice!

We are looking ahead to the fall and already have in the planning an anti-Semitism workshop to be offered to faith-based and community groups and the possible visit by Dr. Jessica Zitter, the author of Extreme Measures, whose Judaism informs her work and writings.

We will post the date and time of our next meeting when we start up again in August. If you would like to join us in SAWG, we would love to have you!

May 25, 2017

The Line Up for Next Week



Tonight (Thursday), 5:30 at Sandy Beach.Avi’s Farewell Potluck Picnic – please bring something to share, We’ve got the cabin with the fireplace.



Saturday – 10 am at the Temple. Solomon’s Bar Mitzvah led by Rabbi Avi Fine
Wednesday, May 31 – 4:45-6 pm at the Temple. Meet and Greet with AIPAC Pacific NW Director, David Meyer, who is in town to meet with the Governor and Lt. Gov. Interested to know why he is in Alaska and anything about AIPAC? Come to the meet and greet- David will do a small talk. Feel free to bring something to share.
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May 5, 2017

Avi’s Final Visit (in an official capacity….)


All good things come to an end – including our current relationship with Rabbi Avi Fine. Avi has one more visit to Juneau as our Student Rabbi.

Please join your friends, community members and congregants in a FAREWELL POTLUCK PICNIC from 5-30-7:30 on Thursday, May 25, at the Sandy Beach Shelter with the fireplace. The grill will be hot and ready to cook up whatever you want to share!

Avi will lead services for Solomon Alper’s Bar Mitzvah at 10 am on Saturday, May 26th. He will be in town May 25th – May 28th.


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April 30, 2017

Ice Cream Social


As part of the Juneau Police Department’s 2017 Year of Kindness, CSS hosted an Ice Cream Social for our temple neighbors on Saturday, April 29. Balloons were flown, games were played, stickers were handed out, and lots and lots of ice cream was eaten.
The purpose for the Social was multi-fold: to let our neighbors know what the odd looking building is, to thank our neighbors for allowing us to park in front of their houses when events exceed the capacity of our parking lot, and to foster a community that looks out for each other. Although the number of neighbors who stopped by was not as great as we had hoped, the Social was still a success as proven by neighbor Jeannie who came back to the temple with her drum to gift us with a song in appreciation. It was a perfect way to end the event. Thank you to Jeannie and all our neighbors.