Creedible is now HartfordFAVS

It’s been a long time coming and finally it’s here. Creedible is now HartfordFAVS, as in Hartford Faith and Values. The full site is expected to launch in August, but I encourage you to like the site’s new Facebook page here.

Who knew? Study shows spirituality produces healthier teeth

By Blogger Linda Ross

My dental hygienist looked puzzled during a recent routine visit.  After cleaning my teeth, she reviewed my file.  Finally she said, “Your tissue is of someone younger; your teeth are so healthy – no cavities in the four years I’ve been seeing you.  You must have great genes.”  I told her, “It’s not genes.  I do take care of my teeth, but I’m also a spiritually minded person.  Each day I endeavor to live my faith, and sincerely believe it has a good effect on my life and health.”

I became curious to see if there were any studies to back up my convictions.  What a surprise to find something so specific:

In June of this year, the Department of Community Dentistry, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel, published a study to “explain the association between religiosity and dental caries [cavities].”  Those who identified themselves as religious had significantly fewer cavities.

While this is only one study, it is in line with numerous studies over the last few decades that indicate a regular practice of prayer and/or church attendance consistently improves health.

Perhaps Shakespeare, that great chronicler of human ways and means, also guessed at the connection between our thought and our experience. He wrote for Hamlet, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

CT teen is part of General Convention’s “Official Youth Presence”

David Karpf, 16, of Trinity Church in Wethersfield, is one of 18 youth who will attend General Convention as part of the “Official Youth Presence (OYP).”

These young people, two from each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church (TEC) have a seat on the floor of the House of Deputies (HOD) and voice – but not vote – in deliberations. A young woman from Massachusetts is the other person representing represent Province One.

The youth and their adult chaperones/advisors will be at the entire event. The teens have been preparing by familiarizing themselves with the convention procedures and reading through the resolutions in the famed “Blue Book” of reports and resolutions from all of TEC’s committees, commissions, agencies, and boards (CCABs). The advisors encourage the youth to identify specific topics or resolutions that interest them and to prepare statements in advance, which the youth can read at legislative committee hearings and in legislative sessions.

Read full story here.

The Iran Debate: Can The West Win?

At 7 p.m. on July 12 Temple Sholom and Congregation Agudath Sholom will host Wall Street Journal Foreign Affairs editor Bret Stephens, who will discuss the Middle East and the crisis Israel is facing both from a foreign and domestic perspective.

Stephens writes the Journal’s “Global View” column on foreign affairs, which runs every Tuesday in the U.S. and is also published in the European and Asian editions of the paper. He is a deputy editorial page editor, responsible for the editorial pages of the Asian and European editions of the paper, the columnists on foreign affairs, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He previously worked for the paper as an op-ed editor in New York and as an editorial writer in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal Europe.

The discussion will be held at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

Please RSVP to Alice Schoen at alice.schoen@templesholom.com.

Chocolate, cookies, and the Declaration of Independence

By Blogger Linda Ross

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”  Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Last week two little brothers, neighbors aged 5 and 6, rang my doorbell.  They stop by several times a month for a wrapped chocolate from the dish on my coffee table. Then they’re off to settle on my kitchen stools for cookies, milk, and a chat.

This day one of them, full of pride, opened the conversation with, “Linda, I’m better than my brother.”  The other brother sat silent, a little sad.  I answered, “Well, God doesn’t play favorites.  He knows you both as very, very good.” With that they sat up straight, smiling as we went on to other topics.

Comparisons are great when deciding what produce to buy; awful when overlooking or not respecting another’s strengths.

Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, was so well versed in scripture that he published The Jefferson Bible.  I wonder if he had come across this passage from the book of Ecclesiastes: “All things come alike to all.” It’s a good spring board for the tenor of the document. For me it means celebrating freedom is not only being free to live the best in myself but also highlighting the good in all I meet.

We, Palestinians, teach life

One of the main reasons I was encouraged to participate in the SUSI Program was to carry the true story about how much Palestinians suffer from the Israeli occupation. Most of what Americans watch on the news about the Palestinian – Israeli conflict is not true. Some of the American media is biased.

Read story here.

Active Jewish Singles to host summer concert

Active Jewish Singles, a group of 55-70 year-old singles in the Hartford area, will hold a summer concert and picnic on the Rose Garden Lawn of Elizabeth Park at 6 p.m. on July 11.

Performing will be River City Slim. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blanket and picnic dinner. Dessert will be provided.

RSVP by emailing sholtzberg@mandelljcc.org.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held July 18.