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November 2018

Advice & Consent

May I make a suggestion? No, really. I am seeking your consent to offer a criticism couched as helpful advice. I picked up the...

Dignity, Respect & Dedication

Bonnie Curkin, the founder of Bubbe & Zayde’s Place, is no stranger to helping the elderly or to giving a voice to those who...

Let’s Play More

Consider the following imagining found in the Talmud : “Rav Yehuda says, there are twelve hours in a day. The first three-hours G-d sits and...

Reflections on a Tattooed Jew

I used to do a double-take if I saw a woman with “sleeves,” tattoos all the way up and down her arms. A neck...

Between High Holy Days and Hanukkah

      November 2018  Open houses and celebrations highlight November By Ilene Schneider   As the Jewish calendar heads toward an early Hanukkah (still the 25th of Kislev, but early...

Bar Mitzvah Party Time

Having a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a rite of passage for the young Jewish lady or man and is rich with tradition, but...

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the...

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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...