Archive | Echoes of Elul


Toward Serenity

by Donna Wolfe Reflecting on the year 5779 I see much that has happened or changed in my life, for example: Suffering both the losses of very dear ones and the gains of new intriguing friendships Taking the consciousness-raising I-Engage course here at TBS to examine what I believe as an American Jew about “my” […]

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I know there is a G-d

by Mitchell Cohen I know there is a G-d because the sun rises & sets every day I know there is a G-d when I see children & their parents do cartwheels on the TBS lawn before Havdalah I know there is a G-d when a friend or family member is best received with a […]

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Let the Sun Shine In

By Flossie Friedman Hiking and being in nature has always been a source of strength and peace for me, as it is for many others. Peter’s Canyon and Irvine Regional Park had been a “go to” place for us until the fires a couple of years ago, when it felt like we were gawking at […]

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Searching for Happiness

By Scott J. Friedman The title of this article in no way indicates I am suffering from a lack of happiness or an abundance of sadness. Even though cancer and its treatment left me with an unusual voice, poor vision, worse hearing, an inability to walk a straight line, and little ability to balance, neither […]

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Mitzvah Meals

By Cheryl Escoe When I was asked to manage the Mitzvah Meals program four years ago, I knew little about what I was in for.  I knew we prepared food each Sunday to be delivered to shelters in Orange County. I was taught how to use the computer program that managed the 100 plus names […]

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People of the Book

By Monica Engel Book Clubs are amazing and I’m fortunate to be a member of two; one for 5 years during which I have read approximately 55 books. Some were engaging and thought-provoking and others were a waste of time.  I can’t remember reading any book more than once. I’ve been a member of my […]

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The Note

Every year I’d look forward to it. Every year they’d wait for it. And every year, they still didn’t expect it when it came. It was just one note… note twice a year at High Holy Day Services. One note that connected me with God. I love that note. There’s a reason for that note. […]

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Day 28 – Mourning Is Broken

28 Elul 5776 by Aleta Bryant Several times a week, I drive down North Wanda Road in Orange near where it intersects with Katella Avenue.  Just northwest of that intersection, on the sidewalk, there has been established since May 2016, a memorial of flickering candles, flowers, photographs and writings dedicated to the memory of a […]

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Day 27 – Finding Humor

27 Elul 5776 by By Scott J. Friedman – Motivational Speaker When I began thinking about this article, the first image that popped into my mind was a one-frame cartoon in which a doctor and patient were discussing the many benefits of exercise. The caption read “which fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour per […]

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