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In addition to serving the Temple Chai community in Phoenix, Arizona, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell is a Chaplain (Colonel) in the United States Army Reserve and currently serves as Command Chaplain of the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rabbi Koppell was one of the first female Rabbis in the United States — and holds the distinct honor of having been the first female Rabbi in the U.S. Military.

Rabbi Koppell’s writings have been published in numerous books and journals. She is a frequent newspaper columnist and a much sought after speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day Reflections of a Chaplain (Colonel) Bonnie Koppell

Memorial Day: Reflections of a Military Chaplain May 22, 2015 by Rabbi Bonnie Koppell “It’s almost like being home.”  This was the response of a young Soldier at Forward Operating Base Taji, Iraq, following the Passover seder in 2005.  As I traveled throughout the country, seder participants were amazed and touched that a rabbi would …

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Veteran’s Convocation- Maricopa Colleges- May 2015

Members of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board, Chancellor Rufus Glasper and members of the Executive Council, administrators, faculty and staff, parents and friends, and, most of all, fellow veterans! It is a privilege to stand before you today and celebrate your achievement with you and your loved ones. On 22 May, 1978, I raised …

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Metzora- The Power of Words

Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33 Mark Twain wrote, “It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.” It’s no wonder that 25 percent of the sins that we confess on Yom Kippur have to do with the …

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Sources on Business Ethics

SELECTED TEXTS ON BUSINESS ETHICS “Do what is right and good in the eyes of God.” Deuteronomy 6:18       Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu melech ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzeevanu la’asok b’divrei Torah. We praise You, Adonai our God, ruling force of the universe, who makes us holy with your mitzvot, giving us the …

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