Daniel Hochman: The Divine Spark

Daniel Hochman: The Divine Spark Our teach­ings tell us we are in­fused with a di­vine spark. This pin­na­cle of light connects us to G-d and to each oth­er. When I cel­e­brate the suc­cess of my friends, I share that hap­pi­ness through this di­vine spark. When some­one is griev­ing, I can reach out with em­pa­thy; and [...]

2021-09-14T09:35:50-07:00September 13th, 2021|

Cantor Mark Childs: Reflections on Reopening

Cantor Mark Childs: Reflections on Reopening Just in time to end their school year, the students from our Netivot program came together yesterday morning en masse, in-person, masked, distanced and very happy (see photo below). I can’t overstate my feelings of joy, after a year plus of interacting via Zoom, over being physically together. My utmost wish [...]

2021-05-24T17:07:23-07:00May 27th, 2021|

Amy Katz: Forgiveness

Forgiveness Was I your Scape Goat? The one the Levities pushed over the edge of the cliff in the Wilderness? Was I your Flame in the gaslight? Was I the sacrificed bird, whose blood is splattered by the High Priest, over your leprocy? Did I clean your Soul? I don’t want to be the sacrificed [...]

2021-04-19T14:39:43-07:00April 26th, 2021|

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: Refugee Shabbat 2021

Rabbi Daniel Brenner: Refugee Shabbat 2021 Erev Shabbat Sermon, March 5, 2021 Tonight across the country, reform and conservative synagogues are commemorating Refugee Shabbat, a Project of the Hebrew immigrant aid society. And this weekend in Santa Barbara, many faith communities are participating in Love your neighbor weekend, a celebration of our immigrant populations.  How [...]

2021-03-09T17:32:02-08:00March 5th, 2021|

Amy Katz: January 6 Riots (Part 2)

Amy Katz: January 6 Riots (Part 2) [Read Part 1, HERE] A very psychic friend had posted something about Nevada, right when I was wondering if and where to go. I took that as a sign. My destination: Carson City, the Capitol of Nevada. (I had to look up where the Capitol of Nevada was). [...]

2021-02-22T14:41:18-08:00February 11th, 2021|

Phoebe Light: Shabbat in the Time of Corona

Phoebe Light: Shabbat in the Time of Corona My relationship with Jewish life had always been, up until a couple of years ago, off-and-on. Jewish summer camp a couple of times. A Birthright trip. A year playing guitar at Hillel in college. Even a three-year stint living in Israel, not that I ever really explored [...]

2021-01-14T17:27:27-08:00January 14th, 2021|

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|

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|
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