Yes, the Jewish world is pretty much holiday-free during the summer. There are some fast days, but as you can imagine, people don’t start practicing Judaism with fasting. So if you’re getting started, or ramping up, your exploration of Judaism, what is good to do in the summertime? Visit your local Jewish community center. The…Read More »
Let’s Go to the Movies!
The 2018 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is up and running. You can read their entire offering here. This year Building Jewish Bridges is co-presenting two interesting films. The first is The Entertainer with Toby Jones. Here’s the description I got. Back in the 90s, Paul Limp (Toby Jones) used to be a successful…Read More »
Basic Judaism – always a good idea
I advocate that every interfaith couple take a class on Judaism together. To the Jewish partner I say, You need to hear what’s being taught. You won’t know it all and you probably haven’t thought about many of these subjects as an adult. I particularly love the Introduction to the Jewish Experience class because it has…Read More »
Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art
(Sometimes I have to park things on this blog because they aren’t anywhere else online in a concise way.) Arthur Szyk was a remarkable artist who illustrated many of the children’s books we’ve all read. His Passover Haggadah was on display at the Legion of Honor a few years ago. I saw this special event…Read More »
Let’s watch a Jewish film or two or three…
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is just about to begin their WinterFest film series AND the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is also weeks away. I love movies and many people find them a good way to learn. It’s hard to explain the full range of Jewish cultures, countries and traditions but you…Read More »
Hanukkah & Christmas: Is it a Dilemma?
Hanukkah and Christmas – the “December dilemma”. I never liked that term “dilemma”. Not that there isn’t an element of difficulty for an interfaith household, but the word made it seem so dire. I think I would prefer, December Questions, because it all boils down to a lot of questions. The core one being, how…Read More »