Asha Wilkus-Stone: Mourning & The Shmita Year

Asha Wilkus-Stone: Mourning & The Shmita Year On Rosh Hashanah, we began the new year in the Jewish calendar, 5782. This year is a Shmita year. The Shmita year is often translated as ‘The Sabbatical Year,’ and is likened to Shabbat. Parshat Behar (Levititicus 25:1-26:2) begins with the mitzvah: “Six years you may sow your [...]

2021-10-06T11:21:27-07:00October 6th, 2021|

Lynn Altschul: Bringing Suicide Out of the Darkness

Lynn Altschul: Bringing Suicide Out of the Darkness I never thought that I would be someone who would be touched by suicide. But over five years ago my 35 year old son died by suicide and I have been engaged in a process of grief, deep reflection and tribute ever since.  Some people shine a light [...]

2021-09-14T10:37:23-07:00September 20th, 2021|

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|

Beth Weinberg: Reflections on Yolanda Savage Narva

Beth Weinberg: Reflections on Yolanda Savage Narva ~~~ Editor's note: CLICK TO VIEW Yolanda Savage Narva's presentation on racial equality, diversity, and inclusion, from our June 20, 2021 Kenny Gaynes Memorial Sunday Morning Live. Savage Narva is the Director of Racial Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Union for Reform Judaism. (She is also the aunt [...]

2021-07-14T16:27:17-07:00July 14th, 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|

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|

Janet Malki: CBB Leadership Institute

Janet Malki: CBB Leadership Institute When I first was contacted by Jill Feldman and Ashley Goldstein to participate in the CBB Irving and Marlyn Berstein Leadership Institute (LI) via Zoom,  I was hesitant for a variety of reasons. You know the excuses: time commitment, not being able to meet in person, concerns about future requests to [...]

2021-02-22T14:44:32-08:00February 22nd, 2021|

CBB Voices blog highlighted at Shabbat services!

CBB Voices blog highlighted at Shabbat services! We celebrated a special "blog post Shabbat" this past Friday, January 22. During the sermon portion of the service, Allan Morton, Judy Karin, and Phoebe Light (pictured here) read posts they've published on the CBB Voices blog. Editor Monica Steiner introduced the panel by describing this blog project [...]

2021-01-25T14:51:52-08:00January 25th, 2021|
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