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Museum Trip to the Legion of Honor

A little reminder: do join us for this FUN activity! Islam and the Classical Heritage From the legendary life and exploits of Alexander the Great (known as Iskandar in the Islamic tradition) to the insights of Islamic mathematicians who first introduced the concept of algebra (al-jabr), this exhibition brings a larger awareness of how authors,…

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What Do Rabbis REALLY Believe About God?

(Photos top row from the left: Rabbi Steve Chester, Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman, Rabbi Daniel Stein and bottom row from the left: Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Rabbi Yonatan Cohen) God Talk with Rabbis from Across the Jewish Denominations Rabbis talk about God quite a bit. But what role does God plays in the lives of our rabbis?…

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Raising confident Jewish children

If your child is a patrilineal Jew or a person of color, they may be assumed to not be Jewish. How can you build a strong identity for them? A wonderful couple I know has five grown children who are interracial and intercultural. Their Chinese mom converted before marriage.  The couple raised their children Jewish…

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A Scholarly Catholic View of Judaism

I was given this article, A Sacred Obligation, by a Catholic priest many years ago. I love the very rabbinic way in which they ask questions of God in regard to Jews and Judaism. There are some very meaningful questions and answers that may comfort or reassure individuals whose children marry a Jew and raise…

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Where do Latkes come from?

A lovely young Irish woman told her mother that she would be attending her first Hanukkah celebration and latkes would be made! Her mother said, “As I understand it, latkes have something to do with potatoes. You’ll be fine!” I’m not Irish and I’m not particularly fond of potatoes. So my latkes include parsnips and…

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