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Harvest Celebrations

As I write this Thanksgiving story, Sukkot has passed, and I can’t help but compare the two harvest celebrations. When the Pilgrims sat down...

“Famous Father Girl- A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein”

In her memoir, “Famous Father Girl,” filmmaker and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein offers a candid and intimate account of growing up the eldest child of...

Comfort Food for All

Do you suffer when you eat certain foods? Do you have a family member that has trouble tolerating typical home-cooked dinners? Well, the problem...

In Honey….Dedicated to the Memory of My Maternal Grandmother

In Honey I find my inspiration and faith to get through these tough times.…  And, in the end, she saw her children grow up, get...

Dr. Hillel Newman

Over the past couple of months Israel has seen an array of diplomatic breakthroughs culminating in a sea change within the politics of the...

Join a Virtual Tour of Israel

All year long I look forward to running Birthright.     The chance to take dozens of young Jews, with varying connections to their Jewish...

Dual Ordination, Diverse Mission

Knowing at 17 or 18 that he wanted to “create spaces for other people to awaken to G-d,” Rabbi K’vod Wieder of Temple Beth...

Ruthie Getting Married

It wasn’t easy getting Ruthie married—and not just because her Daddy didn’t think that anyone was good enough for her. We were on pins...

Adapting to Change

As a Conservative congregation, we had the challenge of taking last year’s five-hour Rosh Hashanah service and full-day Yom Kippur, and presenting the traditional...

1,000,000 Pieces of Trash

    We are living in challenging times. This pandemic and the subsequent lock down has taken a tole on us a nation, as...

Difficult Decisions- Assisted Living vs. Aging in Place

    When Jewish seniors begin to consider their future care plans, they are often torn between remaining in the home that they love...

Staying Connected

    Times are difficult for many right now, especially this time of year when Jews are used to visiting with family and friends....

Teaching at Home

In the New York Times, Jennie Wiener, Professor of Educational Leadership, says of families teaching from home, “This is going to be messy and...

Sending Our Little Ones Back to School

Working with young children has special advantages during this challenging time. Despite limitations that COVID-19 has imposed on most schools, and the challenges it...

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Orange County’s Jewish History- The Orange County Doll Ladies

B’nai B’rith, now known as Jewish Women International (JWI), began the “Dolls for Democracy” program in 1956 in conjunction with the interfaith, interracial organization...

Remembering the Children of the Holocaust

When Pavel Friedmann, a young inmate at the Terezin Concentration Camp in 1942, wrote about the last butterfly he ever saw, he described a...