Judi Shor: A Beshert Relation

Judi Shor: A Beshert Relation Like so many of you, Judy 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, Maryland [...]

2021-01-15T13:27:02-08:00January 18th, 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|

Rabbi Ira Youdovin: The Night the Rabbi Stole a Christmas Tree

Rabbi Ira Youdovin: The Night the Rabbi Stole a Christmas Tree ‘Twas the twilight before Christmas. As I walked past the display of yuletide and Chanukah decorations in the lobby of my Chicago condo, Byron, one of the deskmen, came up to me with a very un-Christmas-like frown. He had planned to purchase a Christmas [...]

2020-12-17T15:45:56-08:00December 17th, 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|

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|

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|

Gary Linker: What the Pandemic Brought Home To Me 

Gary Linker: What the Pandemic Brought Home To Me  As a fairly typical baby boomer who grew up in a secular Jewish home in the Midwest, I learned about social justice and the need to give back at a fairly young age.  As a teenager I attended many conferences on civil rights and became a very [...]

2020-10-01T13:07:43-07:00October 8th, 2020|

Sharon Davidson: My Unetanah Tokef

Sharon Davidson: My Unetanah Tokef [This post shares the beautiful blessing poem by new CBB member Sharon Davidson. It was originally recorded and aired as part of her other Jewish home of  Congregation Beth El in San Diego for their online High Holy Day services this year. We share it here today, thrilled to have [...]

2020-10-08T16:44:15-07:00October 7th, 2020|

Rabbi Malka Drucker: A Different Four Questions

Rabbi Malka Drucker: A Different Four Questions My father wasn’t a religious man. I don’t know what he believed, only what he behaved. Along with suggesting that I not take everything so seriously, he advised, “What happens, honey, isn’t important; it’s how you deal with it. When I had a heart attack at 54, it [...]

2020-09-21T13:31:22-07:00September 17th, 2020|
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