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A Reflection on Positive Change

By Mike Winston, President As the High Holy Days approach each year, my wife Mimi and I like to reflect on the previous year. We remember the good things, but also think about the challenges that come with raising two young kids. We share our high and low moments, what made those moments meaningful, and […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 29: A Meditation

As the 29 days of Elul come to a close today, Rabbi Lipper shares “A Meditation” for us to read and contemplate. I hope Elul has been an insightful journey for us all, filled with awareness, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude. Risè Kirbo A Meditation. God, I have precious time to give to those I love, […]

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Look to the Rainbow

By Cantor David Reinwald What is it about a rainbow that immediately excites us and draws our attention? This just happened to me. I was driving and looking at the sky. It was totally grey and cloudy, a state of the weather that can bring us down here in perpetually “sunny Southern California.” And then […]

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Looking Ahead Together

By Rabbi David A. Lipper It is humbling to pen a High Holy Day message to a congregation that I have yet to meet. Creating spiritual movement for a community is a daunting task. I look forward to the opportunities that this year of “Return and Renewal” affords us. Dora and I are excited to […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 28: Change

Alan Shebroe As the Maharal of Prague said, “All the month of Elul, before eating and sleeping, a person should look into his soul and search his deeds, that he may make confession.” Well, here’s mine… I do not do well with change. It’s uncomfortable. It’s different. It makes me nervous. It requires effort – […]

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah

The origins of Sukkot are both historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag HaAsif (חג האסיף, the “Festival of Ingathering”), as it celebrates the gathering […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 27: Reframing the Magic

Suzette Zazueta During a period of debilitating depression, my grim reality seemed to last forever. I longed for a magic solution. Thus, I sat, year after year, during High Holy Days, hoping that the ritual would give me what I needed: Renewal. Like magic my depression would be lifted, and I would have the ability […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 25: The Eyes of a Child

Cindy Grossberg One of the joys of being a “Nana” is being able to see the world through the eyes of a child, or in my case, the eyes of my granddaughters; Libby, 2 years old, and Riley, 1 year. Through them I experience for a second time, the innocence of childhood and how magical […]

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