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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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Thanksgiving 2015

Gratitude is the foundation of a religious life. To be a religious person means to be a grateful person. The quote in my signature block comes from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, who invites us to consider, “What could you be grateful for now if you were grateful for something?” We can go through life two ways- …

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Sukkot- Embracing Imperfection

    I hate not being perfect. When I discover a typo in an email that I’ve sent, it’s painful. If I forget to call someone, I beat myself up. I know- it’s an impossible standard. And it’s not so healthy, because I sometimes, then, kind of, sort of, also expect other people to be …

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Cast Out. . .

    Rosh HaShanah begins, joyously and appropriately, with the story of the birth of Isaac. A beautiful metaphor for all the possibilities of a new year. And yet, something is drastically wrong. If we look just below the surface, there is a sub-text of bullying and exclusion. First, there is this reference in Genesis …

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High Holiday Reflections- 5776

    Erev Rosh HaShanah- The story of the Jewish people begins with God saying to Abraham, “Lech Lecha – Go forth.” Abraham and Sarah pack up their life and their family and go, having no idea where their journey will lead them. Beginnings are exciting and frightening, especially when we don’t know where we’re …

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