Temple Ohev Sholom

A Tale of Two Boys

By Rabbi Peter Kessler, Temple Ohev Sholom


This sermon was originally delivered to Temple Ohev Sholom’s congregation in 2016.


A tale of two boys growing up in an affluent East Coast suburb, very much like Mechanicsburg on the West Shore. Eric & Derrick meet in Pre-K, and find out…

We Will Get Through This Together: Orgs Team Up To Fight Stress & Anxiety

by Jeanette Krebs

Temple Ohev Sholom Sisterhood, in conjunction with Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg and Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, will hold a virtual conversation open to the entire community on handling stress and anxiety in an era when we face COVID-19 and othe…

Local Couple Weds Amidst Lockdown

by Adam Grobman

Trips to the grocery store and working from home are your typical state-in-lockdown behavior. But a wedding?

For Nate Longenecker and Stefanie Miller, that seemed like the natural thing to do.

On March 23, while most of the country was at home or stocking up on essentials,…

Audience Feels “Burning Love” for Elvis Megillah

By Mary Klaus

Some Jews chant the Megillah. Others read it in a singsong voice.

A group of fun-loving Temple Ohev Sholom members crooned it, sang it, and even danced it in a style that would have been right at home at Elvis Presley’s Graceland, but seemed boldly unusual and wonderfully h…

Synagogues: Past, Present, and Future


by Rabbi Peter Kessler, Temple Ohev Sholom

I remember a time when I was a young child back in Chicago, at least 50 or 55 years ago. My mother was preparing dinner in the kitchen; my dad was already home from work and was horse playing with my brothers and I in the living room. The phone…