I am beginning to compile a list of the Fall 2022 classes offered by San Francisco Bay Area synagogues and Jewish agencies. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you know of additional classes. (You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) Introduction to Judaism Rabbi Booth’s Introduction to Judaism class will meet on Sundays this year. As…Read More »
A Torah Perspective on Abortion
In May of this year Rabbi Sami Barth wrote a beautiful explanation of the Torah on abortion for his congregation. (Rabbi Barth was the transitional rabbi for Am Tikvah in San Francisco.) I have his permission to share his email with you. This is a subject with which our country is struggling. For those who…Read More »
Shabbat in Person!
Last Friday I spent Shabbat with the folks at Jewish Gateways. A new friend who is a member there invited me. It was a potluck (my favorite!) so I took a loaf of homemade challah fresh from the oven. We met outside in a small private park in Oakland. Rabbi Bridget Wynne, their spiritual leader,…Read More »
Journey to Judaism: An Art Show
Journey to Judaism An Artful Exploration of Jewish concepts, people, and places Local artist, Beth Bourland, converted to Judaism in 2020. Because she is a watercolorist she chose to document her journey not through writing, but through painting. An award winning artist, Beth sought out visual Jewish elements that illuminated her learning. She visited the…Read More »
How do I know if Judaism is the right new faith for me?
(This is a letter from my Mixed and Matched column of May 14, 2015) I was raised Christian and had terrible experiences in my church, including abuse. I am still a spiritual person and want a faith community. I married a Jewish guy who is very low-key about religious practice but does belong to a…Read More »
We are what we eat
Do you know what is the LAST cultural practice immigrants give up? Their native cuisine. I remember learning that in a college history class. At the time I was living on a dorm floor that was about half Asian girls. ALL OF THEM, despite how long they or their families had been in the US…Read More »