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Welcome to shul. If you return we will remove you by force

March 31, 2010


A few weeks ago over a Shabbat dinner, the topic of homosexuality came up. A younger (Chabad) Orthodox friend said that he would have no problem praying along side a gay man. But a gay Rabbi? Not something he was comfortable with. In fact, he could not see himself praying in a shul where the […]

Wow. Change can be good.

October 13, 2009


I would like to announce a winner in the Jewish Community Hero’s campaign.  Ok…maybe not.  But I would like to announce that Beach Hillel and our long time leaders Rachel and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein (who has won the popular vote of the above mentioned contest) have been recognized and rewarded for our stellar program.  After […]

On Jewish Education…

September 14, 2009


Over at, “themiddle” wrote an interesting piece about Jewish day schools. Having enrolled a 6th grader in Tarbut V’Torah (TVT) last year, I’ve jumped into the day school experience a bit later than many. Themiddle’s post very accurately reflects what we’ve seen, experienced, and questioned. Focusing on only a part of themiddle’s post:  few […]

A Very Basic Primer on Jewish Kids (not) in Public Schools…

September 14, 2009


(This is a follow up to a previous post about Jewish Day Schools–the post right above this one.  I figured that readers may not be familiar with all of the issues Jewish families face with public schools.  So…here you go.) Jewish kids are often a minority in a classroom, school, and district.  It can be […]

Welcome…don’t stay too long

August 28, 2009


A few months back an Israeli man walked into the patio of our synagogue. A small group of us were hanging out under the olive tree trying to get some shade. Our congregation’s BBQ had wrapped up, so we were just relaxing when he appeared and told us he was moving from Israel. He was […]

Dear iTunes: Jews just don’t believe in Jesus that way.

August 24, 2009


Not being able to fall asleep tonight, I decided to load something onto my iPod and went indirectly to the Judaism section (right after downloading Car Talk) of iTunes. I was very surprised to see near the top of the Featured “Judaism” podcasts, titles including “Messianic Shabbat: Torah teacher Mark McLellan” and “Messianic Jewish Teaching: Beth […]

1853 – Jewish Cemetery from Gold Rush

July 12, 2009


Years ago, Robert “Bob” Levinson wrote a book about Jews in the California Gold Rush.  Bob Levinson was, among other things, the Cantor of Congregation Beth David in Saratoga CA, until a car crash ended his life.  Bob was about 40.  We created an AZA chapter in his memory.  We also took an interest in […]