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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Summer on the Square at the Palo Alto JCC

Summer is a great time to have fun with Jewish culture and dip your toes – and those of your loved ones – into all the variety of Jewish options. Socializing is a great way to give your non-Jewish family members a taste of Judaism. Here’s a great example. The Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto…

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Shavuot and finding joy here and now

We are living with a cascade of disasters. Mass murders, war, climate chaos. I am so sorry and send my condolences to all of you, my fellow travelers. If you are moved to pray, here is a Kaddish that may speak to you. Mourner’s Kaddish after a Mass Murder from the Ritual Well. But I’m going…

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Posted in Shavuot
Published on June 1st, 2022