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Can we do the Holidays on our own?

I got a reality check last week, a synagogue email offered etrog and lulav kits for sale. Yup, the High Holy Days are only a month away and on their heels, Sukkot. I adore Sukkot and always have a sukkah. I love having guests in my sukkah and have introduced lots of amazing people to…

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Jewish resilience in hard times

(Image: Beth Am in springtime) Shortly after Governor Newsom shut down California in March I received a beautiful note from one of “my” folks. I asked for her permission to share it. She gave me permission but in the pandemic, racial upheaval and fires I forgot. I came across it today. I wish that it…

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Published on August 26th, 2020

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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Published on October 15th, 2019

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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Published on April 7th, 2019

Where do Latkes come from?

A lovely young Irish woman told her mother that she would be attending her first Hanukkah celebration and latkes would be made! Her mother said, “As I understand it, latkes have something to do with potatoes. You’ll be fine!” I’m not Irish and I’m not particularly fond of potatoes. So my latkes include parsnips and…

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