Koppell_portraitRabbi Bonnie Koppell is the Associate Rabbi of Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ, where she also directs the Deutsch Family Shalom Center.

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.  She served in the US Army Reserve for 38 years and retired in 2016 with the rank of Colonel.

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

The Five Languages of Apology- Yom Kippur 2020

        A member of our community recently shared with me his frustration that he had apologized to someone, “I’m sorry, please forgive me,” and he sensed that the person was still withholding forgiveness and reconciliation.  In that moment, I reflected on The Five Languages of Apology as defined by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas.  Their …

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This I Believe- Rosh HaShanah 2020

This I Believe- Rabbi Bonnie Koppell         A few lyrics- “I believe the children are our future.”  So sings Whitney Houston, and I am inclined to agree.  “Do you believe in life after love?”  Cher posed that question and I believe that I do.  The Lovin’ Spoonful want to know, “Do you believe in magic?”  …

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September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020          It’s Sept. 11th.  You just can’t ignore that date.  Or maybe you can?  It’s hard to believe it was 19 years ago, so there is a whole generation for whom Sept. 11th is the day after Sept. 10th and the day before Sept. 12th.  But not for me.  As with so …

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A Time For Introspection

         I want to invite you to take a breath.  A deep breath.  Let it out slowly and luxuriously.  Pause now, and, at your leisure, inhale once again.  The average person takes 23,000 breaths a day, virtually all of them completely unconscious.          What is it like when we hold our breath?  It becomes very …

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