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Where have all the programs gone?

If you live on Planet Earth there’s a good likelihood that you are in isolation protecting yourself and others from the spreading Coronavirus. The synagogues, Jewish community centers and other Jewish organizations are closed. Programs are being restructured to be online offerings.  You can now “attend” services via your computer. Go to the website of…

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Physically Distancing, Spiritually Connecting

We have just about completed week 2 of our quarantine. We are in this together Israel’s chief rabbi called for a global fast yesterday.  If you were unable to fast for a day he suggested fasting for a shorter time. If you can’t fast at all he suggested you fast from speaking. If you can’t be…

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Spiritual Love in a time of Virus

This is a weird time. We are in the midst of a pandemic. We had no idea this was coming. We are not prepared. On Sunday I read in the SF Chronicle that many houses of worship were closing their sites.  By today I learned that six of the bay area counties will be putting a shelter-in-place order out…

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The Coronavirus and Purim here in the Bay Area

(This image is from the email I got from the Marin JCC canceling their Purim Palooza. Isn’t it delightful!) The City of San Francisco has announced that due to ongoing public health concerns over COVID-19, all events at City-owned venues between March 7 and March 20 will be cancelled. This has included a number of Jewish events….

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Celebrate Israel San Francisco 2020

Join the biggest celebration of Israel’s independence in the Bay Area and San Francisco! This year the featured performer will be Netta Barzilai. She won the 2018 Eurovision contest for Israel with her song, Toy. Sunday, May 3 1:00 – 5:00pm Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco Tickets are available here.

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Make Purim Your Own: Get Creative!

(Russian girls celebrating a holiday I don’t know about) I recently saw an email with the subject line, The Best Purim Kitsch You Can Buy on the Internet. I almost deleted it since all I need are more tchotchkes. Then I stopped. Purim is not one of those untouchable holy holidays that no one wants…

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