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Abortion and Judaism

Abortion is a hot topic these days, with some saying it’s a woman’s right to choose, and men should not dictate to women what to do with their bodies. Others argue that life is precious and you can’t kill a child. The issue of abortion has risen to the top of the public agenda. Abortion-rights activists have been warning that ... Read More »

Eat (Together). Pray (Together). Live.

Recently, I read an amazing statistic that validated every decision I’ve ever made: Loneliness is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even if you’re a regular gym-goer, social isolation puts you at risk of significant health complications and premature death. This means—I’m extrapolating—that it is far healthier to share giant fistfuls of challah and drink copious glasses of ... Read More »

Let’s EAT!

Our sages teach, “In the future a person will give a judgment and accounting of all that he (or she) saw and did not consume” (Jerusalem Talmud, Kiddushin 48:2). We are encouraged to enjoy the vast array of foods. To turn away from a tasty treat is to reject a Divine gift. And yet, Jewish tradition also values self-restraint. G-d ... Read More »


Purim is the beloved holiday of all Israel’s (Jewish) children. One of the reasons for this is that the country institutionalizes the holiday’s observance. Two days before Purim (itself a school holiday) Israeli children beginning in pre-K come to school in costume, ranging from one of the characters in the Esther story, to a current cartoon favorite, to such standbys ... Read More »

JLife Extra

      Sunday, March 3 4 pm Knowledge for College, featuring Chloe Valdary Temple Bat Yahm 1011 Camelback Street Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 644-1999 Rabbi Robin Foonberg, Director Knowledge for College (714) 730-5161 Chloe Valdary presents “Theory of Enchantment, a New Way of Looking at Israel,” and students discuss dealing with anti-Semitism on campus. $10 for students not ... Read More »

Practicing Mindfulness

I can’t smell cinnamon rolls without thinking about my grandmother baking sweet pecan sticky buns in our kitchen. Just catching a whiff of a familiar scent, our brain can transport us back in time, connecting smells to people, places, or experiences from various times of our lives. We can utilize this powerful phenomenon to connect us with the wonders of ... Read More »

Choosing “The Right” Preschool

At this point the evidence is conclusive; preschool provides greater opportunity for long term success. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Children in high quality preschools display stronger language, cognitive, and social skills.” A new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, lead researcher Dr. Dana Charles McCoy, advocates ”there is increasing evidence that social-emotional skills may play ... Read More »

Building Relationships

On Tuesday morning, February 5th, University Synagogue hosted a community cultural concert. Chamber Music OC presented an interactive, engaging, and carefully crafted program, performed by highly talented and gifted young artists. The concert was attended by 425 community members, including Holocaust Survivors through Cafe’ Europa, Heritage Pointe residents, students from El Sol Elementary School in Santa Ana, participants in the ... Read More »


Helping children connect to the environment is critical to their wellbeing. As children spend time simply exploring a garden through different hands-on activities, they have multiple opportunities to foster a connection with the environment Children naturally learn about the seasons through the cycles of planting, growing, and harvesting of plants. Through lessons they learn where the food comes from and ... Read More »

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