Category Archives: August 2018

A Shabbat of Heights

EACH SPRING, the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) hosts “Shabbat in the Heights,” a weekend retreat in Crown Heights, New York, the hub of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement. This year, the Chabad of Laguna Niguel community decide to take the plunge. Twelve of us headed across the country for what participant Naftali Kotler termed “a weekend… on a cloud.” “Shabbat ... Read More »

Securing the Future

“IF YOU WANT Jewish grandchildren and great grandchildren, you need to work on it now,” says Allen Alevy, long time supporter of the Hebrew Academy and several other Jewish organizations. Mr. Alevy’s over 40 year relationship with the Hebrew Academy began in 1975, when then director Rabbi Gershon Schusterman reached out to him for help. Allen jumped right in. That ... 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 »

Repairing the World

The fog was thick as I exited the 55 south, toward Newport Beach. I was on my way to meet with art therapist Diana Shabtai of Art Therapy OC (also known as ‘Miss Dee’). In preparation for the interview, I had researched art therapy and watched a Ted Talk on the subject and so I had an inkling of what ... Read More »

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