Auburn Theological 2006 Sermon Competition Winners

First Place: Rabbi Sandler Phillips "Wandering in The Wilderness" Read Sermon Runner-up: Shannon White "The Eyes and Hands of Love" Read Sermon Runner-up: Avi Olitzky "Supporting the Alzheimer's Community" Read Sermon "Supporting the Alzheimer’s Community" The Theological Mandate to Welcome All of God’s Children By: Avi S. Olitzky, Jewish Theological Seminary of America What is it “to know?” To know empowers the individual. To know spreads love. To know also spreads hope. To know engenders a sense of fulfillment. But when a person is forced to say “I don’t know,” his or her w [...]

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Auburn Theological 2006 Sermon Competition Winners

First Place: Rabbi Sandler Phillips "Wandering in The Wilderness" Read Sermon Runner-up: Shannon White "The Eyes and Hands of Love" Read Sermon Runner-up: Avi Olitzky "Supporting the Alzheimer's Community" Read Sermon “The Eyes and Hands of Love” Psalm 139 The Rev. Shannon White, January 10, 2006 The psalmist writes…”O Lord, you have searched and known me…you know when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away…you search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord you know it completely…Such knowledge is too wonde [...]

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Auburn Theological 2006 Sermon Competition Winners

First Place: Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips "Wandering in The Wilderness" Read Sermon Runner-up: Shannon White "The Eyes and Hands of Love" Read Sermon Runner-up: Avi Olitzky "Supporting the Alzheimer's Community" Read Sermon WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS: Responding to Dementia in Our Religious Communities Rabbi Regina L. Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH One Saturday morning, 87-year-old Morris (not his real name) was accompanied by his home health aide to a nearby synagogue, where he was expected to stay for the duration of the Sabbath service. Unbeknownst to his aide and unnoticed by the oth [...]

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