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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

Temple Beth Sholom’s Mitzvah Meals prepares and delivers 100-200 nutritious and delicious meals for those in need on the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month. This is an important part of the way our Social Action Committee and volunteers serve our community. Since our return from the pandemic, we are in need of assistance: 1. […]

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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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by Aleta Bryant It is almost impossible to watch television, or view other forms of media without being inundated with advertisements for 23andMe or ancestry.com , where we learn the stories of everyday people who, tracing their DNA and ancestry, learn they are related to great chieftains, famous jurists, inspiring social activists, or even President […]

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All That We Carry

This short story is based on a strange and evocative dream I had.  Looking back, he took a double take. He looked again. Where in the world had that come from? It didn’t belong to him. And, what in the world was he going to do with it? He continued driving down the rural, country […]

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I Am My Beloved’s And My Beloved Is Mine

Last week Arnie and I attended Shabbat services at another synagogue to hear our grandson read Torah. The congregation acknowledged the beginning of the month of Elul. The rabbi was not there, rather a lay leader offered congratulations and a blessing to a young couple who will be married in a week. He mentioned that […]

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Introduction to Brett Douglas Levinson

It is both my pleasure and great honor to introduce my son, Brett, the Honor Roll student and poet. Five years ago, he was diagnosed as being High Functioning on the autism scale. The progress he has made is nothing short of phenomenal. I have never considered my son’s autism to be a handicap but […]

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