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A Time to Every Purpose


 

To everything thing there is a season, and unfortunately, it’s hurricane season again. Thousands of people have been displaced by last week’s Hurricane Florence, and as we come out of the personal introspection of the High Holidays and head into Sukkot, I find myself thinking about …

Telling Our Stories


After so much preparation, so much excitement, and so much laundry, my house seems so much quieter after a week of the JCC Maccabi Games! And what a week it was. In addition to the very great privilege of hosting two Maccabi athletes (silver medal-winning basketball players from Shames JC…

Love, Jewish Style

Today is Jewish Valentine’s Day, and there’s not a card in sight! While I didn’t really expect to see signs of Tu B’Av in my local Target, it’s a fun thing to think about. Today is Tu B’Av (the 15th day of Av), and it is both an ancient and modern holiday. Tu B’Av was…

Recapturing the Lazy Days of Summer

It’s beginning to feel like summer here in Southern California: the days are warm, the fresh produce is amazing, and the landscape of summer evokes the feeling of possibility. Whether or not we have kids at home, many of us still measure our year by the old school calendar: it begins with…

Reach Across the Aisle

I was at a luncheon last week, and a woman at my table shared how difficult she found it to have a conversation with her teenage grandchildren. Their politics were so different from her own that she didn’t even know where to start. Another woman chimed in that these days people have such…