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Sukkot and Activities around the Bay

We are now midweek for Sukkot. The Bible refers to Sukkot as HaChag, THE Festival. The best, the greatest holiday. Read more about it here. Sadly, in America, it has slipped into the background and many Jews miss out on the fun. If you didn’t do much for Sukkot yet this year consider going to one…

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A Night of Jewish Humor

Join the hilarious duo—Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach—for a wild night of side-stitching Jewish humor. This is a don’t-miss event for Jews and the people who love them, or really anyone who can’t resist a good laugh. Besides, you have something better to do on a Monday? Pultizer Prize-winning humor writer, Dave Barry, and #1…

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THE Festival: Sukkot

I love Sukkot. It is really the closest to a purely joyous holiday – along with Shabbat – in the Jewish calendar. Rabbi Larry Milder of Beth Emek in Pleasanton wrote two terrific pieces about Sukkot and I want to share them with you. Describing Sukkot’s relationship to Yom Kippur, he wrote: Philo of Alexandria asked:…

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Posted in Sukkot
Published on October 15th, 2019

This is San Diego Jewry

Ah, the internet!  Jewish folks in San Diego discovered our This Is Bay Area Jewry exhibit information and contacted Building Jewish Bridges to discuss how they could do their own version for San Diego. WOW! Are we ever proud! They are launching their exhibit along with a LOT of fun this Thursday evening.  I, Dawn,…

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Posted in General
Published on October 15th, 2019

It’s Not Your Son’s Girlfriend’s Job to Seek Out Judaism

Dear Dawn: How many times do I have to hear a Jewish parent worry about the future of their child’s romance with a non-Jew? At a recent lunch with several Jewish girlfriends, one worried out loud about her son’s non-Jewish girlfriend. There is always this focus on the non-Jewish girlfriend/boyfriend’s perceived level of interest (or lack…

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Kol Nidre: Community and Confession

For many, many years I have attended High Holidays at my congregation. The most attended service of the year is Kol Nidre, the evening service on Yom Kippur. While Rosh Hashanah is joyous, Yom Kippur feels sorrowful to me even though I love it. Yom Kippur is traditionally viewed as one of the two happiest…

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