Programs for Grandparents

A number of parent/grandparent groups have developed in the bay area.  These groups are for individuals and couples whose children have married non-Jewish partners.  That is YOUR parents.  Our parents may feel guilty – “I should have done more Jewish things at home; sent the kids to Jewish summer camp, etc. and then my child would…

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Come with me to the Movies

Join me for a humorous look at identity, conversion and finding yourself – in this case – as an ultra Orthodox Jew.  We’ll view an East Bay Premiere of: Circumcise Me! USA, 2007, 47 minutes, English “Is it hot in here, or am I the only one dressed for Poland in the 17th Century?” While…

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Finding Programs and Resources

 Where are fun, informative, interactive Jewish events taking place? Everywhere!  I know from your emails to me that many of you rely on the e-letter to keep you informed.  That’s fine but I want you to remember that I can only cover a smattering of what is out there.  If you want to be more…

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Posted in Community
Published on January 30th, 2009

Pagan & Mystical Roots of the Jewish Calendar

  Ira Steingroot will be teaching this class and I’m very excited about it.  It’s going to be a LOT of fun.  Ira is… how can I explain this – he’s a fountain of facts, insightful, thoughtful, stimulating and exciting. Come on, you’ll love it!   Pagan & Mystical Roots of the Jewish Calendar Christianity…

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Start 2009 by doing something NEW

 Where do you find interfaith programming? I asked you last week to tell me three places you know of that provide interfaith outreach programs.  The messages I got back were either, I don’t know of any or here’s the name of a synagogue that is welcoming.  This confirms my suspicion that what programs there are,…

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Posted in Life Cycle
Published on January 26th, 2009

Israel in a Time of Crisis

I have been thinking about how to talk to you about Israel when there is no simple statement to be made.  Then I received a beautiful letter that Rabbi Mark Bloom of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland wrote to his congregation.  I got his permission to share it with you here.  I was particularly touched by…

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