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Be a Light

Be a light unto the nations.” —Isaiah When a child sees the parent and runs into her arms with the biggest smile on his face, the child’s unmitigated happiness and the parent’s full heart shines a light unto the nations. When a relative from another country comes to visit, walks through customs and up the ramp to see you waiting ... Read More »

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the next lane, the lady who is in front of us at the grocery store with an overflowing cart, the customer service rep who needs to pass you on to his supervisor. Our children witness our frustration ... Read More »

Back-to-Back Education

Standing on the bimah, sharing an aliyah, celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Heather Klarin, a student who began her Jewish education at University Synagogue Pre-School and continued through the Religious School, Heidi Kahn and Sue Penn are firm in their commitment to “Back-To-Back Jewish Education.” Not only do they share a friendship that spans 25 years, they have a similar ... Read More »

A Call to Action

As I’ve grown older and experienced more life, I have become increasingly concerned about what responsibilities we, post-Holocaust Jews, bear towards ensuring that all people have access to human rights.  Every time I watch the news, or listen to the radio, I learn about the plight of people across the planet with no access to food, health care, housing, education, ... Read More »

Celebrate Sensitivity

Have you ever made something that you thought was truly wonderful but no one else appreciated? A cake, a painting, a flower arrangement? They failed to tste the mint, or to see the particular hue of the color. Did they make a sarcastic comment? Or was it slightly encouraging but you knew they didn’t appreciate your creation or think it ... Read More »

The High Holidays

Rosh Hashana

Early this morning, while walking around Balboa Island, I watched the wonderful people from the Rescue Center attempt to rescue a seal lion.  Unfortunately there was a rope wrapped around his neck and he was lying at the edge of a pier.  These caring rescuers were lying on the pier, very slowly crawling forward, and patiently waiting for the chance ... Read More »

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