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Audio: Should Synagogues Memorialize Pets? Plus, Civility Statement

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg's inspirational statement of Derech Eretz in shul. Plus, should synagogues memorialize beloved pets?
12/9/2013, 7:59 AM

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DERECH ERETZ: Civility Statement and Plaques for Pets

A synagogue has just put up a memorial board to accommodate the names of the deceased. While this is not unusual, it may be the first to have one for deceased pets. I asked for reactions on my Facebook page and got a wide variety of opinions. How do I feel about it, as host of the Derech Eretz hour? Find out.

A Boca Raton, Florida synagogue crafted a civility statement, reminding members of their obligation to speak to each other with civility and sensitivity. Their Rabbi, Efrem Goldberg, joins me to talk about the need for such a statement and how his congregation reacted to the request to have members sign it. What does the statement say? Has it made a difference? Tune it and find out.

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a terrific derech eretz week, shalom!

Dog with kippah (illustration) Credit: Thinkstock.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg.

Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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