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November 2017

Is It ALL VANITY?        

I WAS PREPARING a teaching on Kohelet for Sukkot and it occurred to me how pertinent this message was for this time of year...

Shoshana

WAITING FOR MY assigned room, I sat in the sun-drenched solarium staring at the first of many inedible meals to be served over the...

A Life Worth Living

IT WAS A recent encounter at the dentist. She was a Jewish teenager; together we were waiting with trepidation of the drill that awaited...

Found Object

LONG BEFORE I hated the Internet for how it made me view other people, I hated it for reinforcing a dim view of myself....

Ayar’ing, Maysik’ing & Gedid’ing 

MANY AMERICANS HAVE lost touch with the origins of Thanksgiving. When you ask someone to explain the reason for the holiday, more often than...

Challenges, Grief & Courage

DAVID AND LYNDA ZUSSMAN have been living in Newport Coast for almost 20 years – enjoying what two successful careers can offer.  They began...

OC ARTS Festival 2017 Honoring Jewish Heritage through comedy, documentary and Holocaust drama films. EACH YEAR A dedicated committee of culture-savvy-enthusiasts comb through many(!)...

Image of Jews

DURING THE SECOND INTIFADA, my family and I took a short break from the tensions within Israel. We temporarily relocated to the northern Californian Bay...

Spiritually Rich Learning & Living

All learning and living can be like music and art: Spiritually rich experiences. On the journey toward living spiritually, it is helpful to understand...

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?...

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Synergy in the Shtetl

When Jewish people moved to Orange County in the 20th century, they noticed that there were no Jewish neighborhoods. There were clusters of Jewish...

Fresh Orange Jews

According to the Jewish calendar, we are in the month of Adar and when Adar enters, joy increases! Why is Adar the month of...

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...