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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

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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 »

Simchas and Celebrations

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In this busy and stressful world, we have to look for reasons to pause. Simchas and celebrations provide the perfect excuse.  Stopping everything and taking the time to acknowledge an achievement, an accomplishment, a milestone or a lifecycle event, enriches our lives and elevates those around us. When we take our kids to dinner to mark a great report card, ... Read More »

Being Present for Passover

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This year I challenge you to make your Seder very different – to make it relevant and engaging – a night to remember.  As we dip an egg into the salt water, let’s dip into creating meaningful  experiences and memories, building traditions that last a lifetime and bind us to future generations, that makes Passover memorable and fun, that people ... Read More »

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