Ira Steingroot will be teaching this class and I’m very excited about it. It’s going to be a LOT of fun. Ira is… how can I explain this – he’s a fountain of facts, insightful, thoughtful, stimulating and exciting. Come on, you’ll love it! Pagan & Mystical Roots of the Jewish Calendar Christianity…Read More »
Israel in a Time of Crisis
I have been thinking about how to talk to you about Israel when there is no simple statement to be made. Then I received a beautiful letter that Rabbi Mark Bloom of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland wrote to his congregation. I got his permission to share it with you here. I was particularly touched by…Read More »
Three New Year Resolutions
Resolutions Most of us will give some thought to New Year’s Resolutions. Let me suggest three: 1. Spend sometime thinking about what you value in your heritage. Try writing it down. 2. Tell your partner what you wrote and listen to what he/she wrote. Try to really understand what is the same and what…Read More »
Things to do in August
August time August is here and that always signals the end of summer. That means you have just about a month to do some shopping around if you want to join a synagogue this fall. If you want a buddy to go with you, just email me. I’ll set it up – I have…Read More »
Everyone is going to the SF Jewish Film Fest!
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival runs July 24 to August 7 We’ll all going to the movies! Come along. All around the bay synagogues and agencies are co-presenting various films in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. I am co-presenting Strangers, a romantic & troubling film in French, English, Hebrew and Arabic about…Read More »
Let’s go to the Movies!
Summertime, new movie releases and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival! The outreach programs in the bay area are all co-sponsoring Strangers a film about an Israeli – Palestinian love affair. Now I know that seems like an odd choice as an “interfaith” film – it wasn’t our choice. The Film Festival people suggested…Read More »