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May 2021

Shavuot Reflections

The celebration of Shavuot is an excellent occasion to reflect upon Jewish culture, Jewish identity, religiously observant and secular Judaism.   I would like to...

The Cheesecake Holiday

You may have heard Shavuot referred to as the cheesecake holiday, but how did the tradition of eating dairy for Shavuot begin? “The use of...

International Child Abduction and Covid-19

The pandemic has made cross-continent custody battles even more difficult     When parents separate and divorce, it is extremely unsettling, stressful and destabilizing for...

We All Must Consider Ourselves Witnesses

Before the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library was dedicated in 2005, before the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was opened in 2000 (both at Chapman...

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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...