Finding Comfort in Unexpected Places: A Passover Yizkor Sermon

There was once a boy named Paul who was quite young, his family had one of the first telephones in his neighborhood, a polished, old case, fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. He was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when…

Lighting the Light Within

One of the most iconic movie scenes in my memory is when Darth Vader removes his helmet at the end of Return of the Jedi. Behind the black hardened exterior we witness a disfigured and defeated man who struggles to breathe. Having removed his mask, he seems compassionate and sad at his imminent death, and…

Testimony on CO Religious Exemption Bill

I delivered these remarks during a public hearing at the House Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs in opposition to CO House Bill 1013 entitled “Free Exercise Of Religion” I stand before you today as a person deeply committed to the traditions and tenets of my faith and called to live by the values and commitments…

A Jewish Perspective of Racial Justice

Rabbi Immerman delivered this sermon at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO on Rosh Hashanah morning 5777 Four hours. For four hours we let Michael Brown’s body lay in the hot sun on a St. Louis street in 2014. When I started reading the news that night, the next day, weeks and months afterward, and still…

Reflecting Holiness

When was the last time that you looked in a mirror? What were you doing and why were you doing it? I’ve looked in several mirrors today in which I saw my own reflection: the mirror in my bathroom at home while I brushed my teeth. The full length mirror in our den while getting…

How to Find Peace and Wholeness on Two Wheels

This post originally appeared on ReformJudaism.org  The snow has melted and the temperature is rising, which changes my morning routine. These days, I eat a larger breakfast, cinch the leg straps that protect my suit pants, and load my saddle bag before I grab my bike and pedal out the door. Although May is National Bike…

A Wise-Hearted Community

I am going to let you all in on a little secret that many of you may know – I can, in fact, play the guitar. I have one sitting in my office at this very moment, a beautiful Taylor that I very much enjoy playing. I use it regularly to lead worship for our…