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Passover for American Jews

What does Passover mean in American Jewish community? Often Jews will say, “Passover is my favorite holiday.”  Often Christians will say, “Christmas is my favorite holiday.”  These two days are pretty different – one about the exodus from Egypt and the other about the birth of Jesus.  What do we DO on these days?  Passover…

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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