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January 2020

Bearing Witness and Bridging Cultures

Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths traces his involvement with the Jewish people to being chief of staff and chief financial officer of the White...

The Eternal Latchkey Kids

The term “OK, Boomer” eye-rolled into existence this past fall, pop culture writers everywhere declared the start of a raging “generation war.” From TikTok...

The Zohar

We are naturally drawn to mystery. And there is no greater mystery than uncovering the pulse and purpose of life, which is the essence...

The Beauty of Cultural Judaism

Today, Jewish rabbis, educators, authors, and pundits are all asking, “What’s wrong with the model of Jewish temples and synagogues today?” “Why are millennials...

Judaism Beyond our Shores

What should you do if you are a group of seven religious guys on a hike in Israel and it is late afternoon? The...

celebrating women authors

We usually learn from the male perspective. The Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, was clearly written by men. The most common name for a woman...

JLife Extra

Jlife Extra Movies, Lectures and More Begin an Exciting 2020 By Ilene Schneider The Orange County Jewish community will start 2020 with a variety of activities at...

Fulfilling the Dream

In 1967, three weeks before the Six Day War in Israel, the Jewish Agency sent telegrams to concerned Jewish groups around the world. Paul...

JEWISH EDUCATION

“Education is not just what we know, it’s who we are,” says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. There has been a long standing tradition of Jewish...

Tu B’Shevat Reading List

According to Jewish tradition, all trees share the same birthday on Tu B’Shevat. Although it’s a lesser known holiday, observance of Tu B’Shevat is...

Judaism and Culture

I like to think that Judaism, as my core belief and value, informs my reaction to culture. I always have respected the Torah leaders...

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Fresh Orange Jews

On Thursday, March 25, NextGen hosted an exclusive virtual tasting experience with Fermensch Kombucha, an organic, small-batch booch brewery in Orange County. Over 20...

Different Music

Tentatively, the airports opened and, with several weeks of vacation available, I left the husband, children, clients and dog to be a daughter, sister,...

Our Intellectual Tradition

How can I ensure my grandchildren establish a Jewish home? How can we secure a young Jewish connection with Israel? How do I make...

Women’s Voices 2021

It could be said that 2020 was the year of the woman. As the world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, women were shining...