Who is Right? Last month I wrote a column for the JWeekly and shared the story of a Jewish man who was relying on his non-Jewish wife to ‘raise the kids Jewish.’ I got some very different reactions to it. Some people came down hard on the man saying he should be stepping up to…Read More »
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
This year, 2014, will be the 19th year of the Festival and it runs March 7 through 29. It takes place in Contra Costa County. The line up looks exciting. Some of the films are: Hunting Elephants (Israel, 2013, 107 minutes) with Patrick Stewart and Yael Abecassis. The Real Inglorious Bastards (Canada, 1012, 57 minutes)…Read More »
Mishloach Manot – Food gifts to loved ones for Purim
Mishloach manot, (translation:sending of portions) are commonly referred to as Purim baskets. These baskets or pretty bags are filled with food and given to friends and family, teachers and coworkers on Purim. The commandment to give these gifts comes from the Book of Esther (which contains the story of Purim) and is intended to ensure…Read More »
Don’t miss Szyk at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Szyk Haggadah: Art Exhibit The haggadah, the ritual text for the Passover seder, evokes the story of the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. While myriad haggadot have been created from the tenth century to the present, the exhibition highlights the unique and powerful story of The Szyk Haggadah (1940). Arthur…Read More »
You can explore Judaism through Film and Food!
Hummus, Falafel and Brisket – Oh, My! San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Presents three fabulous films about food that are sure to whet your appetite. (Don’t worry; there will be food available for purchase between the showings.) Make Hummus Not War (1:00) Filmmaker Trever Graham’s humorous journey takes us through the hummus bars and kitchens…Read More »
What to do in 2014?
If I could get interfaith/intercultural couples to do one thing for themselves it would be to participate in a couples discussion group. I’ve never heard anyone say they regretted it. How could you regret getting closer to your partner? Getting a chance to really explain who you are and what you value? Hearing from others…Read More »