Marcus James: My People, Place, & Purpose (Part 2)

Marcus James: My People, Place, & Purpose (Part 2) [CLICK HERE to read Part 1 of this series, Ed.] “Daddy, I have found my people, my place, and my purpose!” These were the words that drew me to Israel, which eventually led me on my own journey with Judaism.  Upon returning from my third trip there, I set about locating the local Jewish community -the people. While [...]

2021-04-19T15:09:21-07:00April 19th, 2021|

Marcus James: My People, My Place, and My Purpose

My People, My Place, and My Purpose  (Part 1) “Daddy, I have found my people, my place, and my purpose!” declared my eldest daughter Isabel (now Elisheva) over the phone from Israel. “I am not going to continue to Europe. I am staying.”   I found my daughter’s declaration intriguing. What was it she meant? Israel has been in the news all my life, but [...]

2021-04-19T14:58:46-07:00April 12th, 2021|

Rabbi Daniel Brenner: Reproduction Shabbat

Rabbi Daniel Brenner: Reproduction Shabbat Some of you may have seen that I was asked by the Santa Barbara News Press to comment on the Supreme Court decision to allow CA houses of worship to hold indoor services.  I told the author of the article that we would not be coming back to in-person services [...]

2021-02-16T14:24:27-08:00February 12th, 2021|

Judi Shor: A Beshert Relation

Judi Shor: A Beshert Relation Like so many of you, Judy Meisel touched our family’s life in many inspiring and unforgettable ways. I would like to share a few ‘beshert’ Meisel-Shor coincidences. I knew Judy’s daughter, Debbie, from back east before we had even moved to Santa Barbara and met Judy. Debbie lived in Potomac, [...]

2021-01-26T17:33:36-08:00January 18th, 2021|

Bryan Gindoff: A Silver Lining

Bryan Gindoff: A Silver Lining My wife, Verna, converted to Judaism this year and that has been hugely important to my own practice of Judaism. But Covid (with Zoom) is running a close second. A classic in the genre of every cloud having a silver lining. Covid has propelled us into celebrating online Shabbats with [...]

2020-12-07T15:07:52-08:00December 7th, 2020|

Barbara Greenleaf: The Sunday School of Grandma and Grandpa

Barbara Greenleaf: The Sunday School of Grandma and Grandpa When our younger daughter saw that Sunday school was not going to reopen due to the Coronavirus, she asked her father and me if we would take over her boys’ religious education. We just looked at each other blankly and, frankly, a little panic-stricken. Neither of [...]

2020-12-03T11:10:42-08:00December 3rd, 2020|

Elizabeth Gaynes: A Thanksgiving Prayer

Elizabeth Gaynes: A Thanksgiving Prayer Thanksgiving in any other year would bring its share of blessings and challenges. This year, thoughts such as what to prepare, who to spend time with, how to make this Thanksgiving meaningful, high and low feelings, missing loved ones, and just plain getting through the week are even bigger, somehow compounded, and can be [...]

2020-11-23T16:28:55-08:00November 23rd, 2020|

Stacy Baron: A Spoonful of Sugar

Stacy Baron: A Spoonful of Sugar A tribute to Judy Meisel . . . The recent passing of Judy Meisel, such a remarkable woman, brought back meaningful memories for so many of us in Santa Barbara. Judy’s children and grandchildren spoke so eloquently at her recent memorial on Zoom just a few weeks ago. Her [...]

2020-11-17T17:38:21-08:00November 19th, 2020|

Daniel Sulzberg: Smile Now

Daniel Sulzberg: Smile Now From a global pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, and other challenges there is no doubt that 2020 has been a stressful year filled with change. From a Jewish standpoint, I found myself asking why would God let these kinds of things happen? Maybe it’s the world’s way of saying that [...]

2020-11-16T14:35:53-08:00November 16th, 2020|

Sharon Davidson: A Caregiver’s Prayer

Sharon Davidson: A Caregiver’s Prayer  Master of the Universe,   As I wake each morning to the heartbreaking tasks of providing care to my loved one,   I pray for the energy and patience to meet the challenges of the day ahead and the days to come.  I pray that I can perform these duties with kindness and respect, in order to maintain his dignity and honor his humanity.  I pray [...]

2020-10-12T15:02:46-07:00October 12th, 2020|
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