This Is Bay Area Jewry: a discussion & celebration

Beth Am, Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 23 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and levels of religious observance — from the North and South Peninsulas, San Francisco, Oakland/Berkeley, Contra Costa, and Marin….

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Here come Passover and Easter

Let’s talk about the Passover – Easter issue for a moment First, to my Jewish readers, I’ve heard from a few people who feel stressed by the Easter themed activities at schools and day cares. Several people told me they asked the management to stop doing Christian activities and were met with resistance. Take a…

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Passover Wisdom

Thank you to Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco for these teachings about Passover. This is from the Sha’ar Zahav congregational email. The Hebrew word for Egypt, “Mitzrayim” comes from “tzar,” meaning a narrow, confined, place. A place so tight it is restricting, painful. A place so tight that we…

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Posted in Passover
Published on April 17th, 2019

Let’s Go to the Theater: The Good Book

When you say the words, “The Bible,” a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim will probably have different ideas in mind. Put them all together for The Good Book.   Berkeley Rep’s play, The Good Book explores faith, belief in God, and the acceptance of biblical scripture as divine, as opposed to scientific, historical theories of…

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I always advocate for MORE INFORMATION. I believe that the people I work with – you – are intelligent and know what you want. BUT you have to have enough information to make decisions. Whether you’re trying to decide how your wedding will look, how your raise children, negotiate holidays, pick one or more spiritual…

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Posted in General
Published on April 7th, 2019

Passover – How will you do it? Long or short? Traditional or modern?

Here comes Passover! The Christmas of Judaism! Unlike Christmas, Passover hasn’t been absorbed into other traditions and acquired reindeer, elves, plaid quilts, snowy sayings and more. But it has traveled to other parts of the globe and adapted to new foods and climates. Here’s a nice explanation of some of the details of a Sephardic observance of…

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